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  • Loyal friend to the end

    Monday, 29 September 2014

    Sir Ernest Shackleton took 69 dogs on the Endurance Expedition of 1914-1917 to Antarctica. One of the few dogs to return from that journey, Oscar, lived the rest of his days at Wellington Zoo. See Oscar’s harness and memories of the courage and sacrifice of these unsung heroes in our exhibition Still Life: inside the Antarctic huts of Scott and Shackleton.

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  • Sitting at Scott’s table – a journey to Antarctica

    by Victoria Travers - Friday, 12 September 2014

    Sitting in Scott’s chair and pondering the meaning of century-old graffiti in Shackleton’s hut are two enduring memories of an once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica for Senior Exhibition Developer Victoria Travers. Although her journey took place 15 years ago she vividly remembers the experience including her discovery that all the Antarctic clichés about its beauty and vastness had not been overstated.

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  • One journey never taken by Captain Scott

    by Wilma Blom - Wednesday, 27 August 2014

    It is the smallest of collection items, yet this scrap of paper is a profound reminder of the transitory nature of our lives. For years this unclipped rail ticket was overlooked in the vast collection of ephemera at Auckland Museum until its re-discovery by curator Wilma Blom.

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