Nimrod Expedition Postcard

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Nimrod Expedition, commemorative postcard [via]

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Pantheon of Polar Explorers

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— from a feature in the Illustrated London News, as reprinted in Huntford’s Shackleton.

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My Diary

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“9 January 1909
The last day out we have shot our bolt and the tale is 88.23 S 162 E. The wind eased down at 1 am. At 2 am we were up and had breakfast and shortly after 4 am started south with the Union Jacks and the brass Cylinder of Stamps. At 9 am hard quick marching we were in 88.23 and there hoisted H.M.’s flag took possession of the plateau in the name of H.M. and called it King Edward Plateau. Homeward Bound. Whatever regrets may be we have done our best.”
— Ernest Shackleton, 1909

[from the Matrix Shackleton Centenary Expedition website]

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Nimrod Telegram

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“MAY I BE PRIVILEGED TO NAME A NEW RANGE OF MOUNTAINS IN THE FAR SOUTH AFTER HER MAJESTY = SHACKLETON CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND”

[Telegram in the Royal Collection; image via telegramsfromlastcentury.tumblr.com]

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Map of Furthest Point South, 1909

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The Nimrod’s return

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Left to right: Frank Wild, Ernest Shackleton, Eric Marshall, and Jameson Adams, aboard the Nimrod after reaching the Furthest Point South, 1909. [photo probably by James Murray, printed in Shackleton's Heart of the Antarctic, via, and via.]

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Thousands of pounds for one biscuit

“Thousands of pounds would not have bought that one biscuit.” — Frank Wild, 1909

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Nimrod Expedition biscuit sold at Christie’s in 2000 for £4,935.

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Nimrod Expedition biscuit sold at Christie’s in 2011 for £1,250. (photo: Ben Stansall for AFP)

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