'Discovery Dinner' memento [framed], signed by Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Ernest Shackleton and other members of the Discovery expedition crew, Dunedin Club, 23 December 1901
Robert Falcon Scott (1868–1912) first arrived in Dunedin as leader of the British National Antarctic Expedition in 1901. His mission was to study the Great Ice Barrier and undertaking other scientific research. Upon reaching Port Chalmers on 23 December, Scott’s ship, the Discovery, was met in port by Governor-General Lord Ranfurly (1856–1933), Premier Richard Seddon (1845–1906), and other members of Parliament.
That night, Scott and his senior staff were given a farewell dinner hosted by local dignitaries at the Dunedin Club. In his history of the first fifty years of the Club, Gordon Parry writes that: ‘the dinner, unlike that on the night of the Duke and Duchess [of Cornwall] … earlier in the year, was a comparatively quiet affair’ (Parry 43). The following morning, the Discovery set sail for the Antarctic to the sounds of a cheering crowd.
Memento courtesy of the Dunedin Club.
Gordon Parry. Tradition & Change: The First 50 Years of the Dunedin Club. Dunedin: The Dunedin Club, 2008.