Roald Amundsen. The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the 'Fram', 1910–1912. London: John Murray, 1912. Two volumes, volume two displayed.
Scott’s desire to be the first man to reach the South Pole went unfulfilled. After enduring severe weather for four weeks, Scott and his four-man party, which consisted of Petty Officer Edgar Evans, Captain Lawrence Oates, Lieut. Henry Robertson Bowers and Dr Edward Wilson, reached a tent marking the South Pole on 18 January 1912. Inside was a note dated 16 December 1911 signed by Roald Amundsen and the other members of his Norwegian expedition.
In April 1912, Amundsen visited Dunedin and delivered a lecture to an audience at His Majesty’s Theatre. According to Ian Church, ‘Amundsen spoke in a direct, straightforward and self-effacing manner, and loud applause broke out when he showed a slide of his party at the South Pole’ (Church 33). Amundsen, who learned of Scott’s death the following year, said ‘I would forego honour, everything, to bring him back to life’.
Ian Church. Last Port to Antarctica: Dunedin and Port Chalmers: 100 years of Polar Service. Dunedin: Otago Heritage Books, 1997.