Terra Nova Expedition Memorial
Queenstown, New Zealand

The Terra Nova Expedition Memorial on the grounds of the Botanic Gardens in Queenstown, New Zealand. The memorial is dedicated to the antarctic explorers of the British Antarctic Expedition 1910, better known as the Terra Nova Expedition, headed by Robert Falcon Scott, C.V.O., R.N., who were all lost in March of 1912.

Close-up of of the "Last Message plaque on the memorial. (Note, this was in fact not the last message in Scott's diary, the final entry was made on Mar. 29, 1912 and read "Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity but I do not think I can write more. R. Scott. For God's sake look after our people.")

Close up of the plaque listing the names of those lost on the expedition.
(All photos courtesy of Geoff Hall)
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Page published May 6, 2010