Circular Letter. ‘To the Householder’, Dunedin Antarctic Appeal Committee, .
The public were enthusiastic to support the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955–1958. The New Zealand government reluctantly contributed £50,000 for the programme. This circular letter went to local households, explaining that a further £10,000 was needed. Dunedin appeal chair J. M. Ritchie (1907–1981) wrote:
‘The committee is confident that no man, or woman, who has a spark of enterprise in his character, will allow Sir Edmund and his men to attempt this venture into the unknown without wanting to lend a helping hand, and to see them fitted out with the best of equipment for the job’.