Deutsche in der Antarktis: this is another book review which is published in the Polar Journal. Cornelia Luedecke wrote an interesting book on the German Antarctic expeditions from the Heroic Era until today. This account is only available in German but – hopefully – she can be persuaded to translate it into English to get a wider readership more familiar with names like Drygalski, Filchner, Ritscher, etc. as addition to the well known one like Scott and Schackleton.
Isobel Williams gave a very fascinating talk on Edward A. Wilson at 8th March 2017 at the University of Canterbury.The event was advertised through the NZAS, Canterbury Branch, CHA, City Council, AHT, Antarctica NZ, and the University.
Wilson was a great artist, physician, ornithologist, and Scott’s friend. Isobel had great picture material from the rich collection of Wilson’s drawings. He was a fascinating character and a brilliant scientist with strong believes and high values. Fascinating biography and Isobel told us this wonderful story.
Wolfgang Rack, Isobel Williams, Ursula Rack before the talk started. Picture provided with courtesy of Isobel Williams.
A new year and lots of new plans will be made; some of them are compulsory and some are an addition to my research.
The NSC-DS is still going on and my focus is more on the German archives, libraries and companies to gather more logbooks for ACRE-Australasia.
The Deep South started the Constable Fund Round 2 and I will hand in a proposal to get research money for the Engagement and Impacts & Implications to include Humanities into this project to deepen the awareness of the complexity of weather, climate and historic events because this part is often underrepresented and needs more attention. The success seems slim but one has to try to know if there is something in for my research (never give up – never surrender).
I am also busy with book reviews, abstract writing for upcoming conferences, some articles for different journals, and my book. There are also some lectures in March (ANTA 102) and some public talks I have been invited to. For PCAS: I supervise a student on the topic of women in the Antarctic what will be an interesting approach and involves history and the presence.
You are invited to an interesting talk on the current Oral History Project of the Antarctic Society. Beginning in 1997, Jacqui Foley has interviewed most of the 48 members of different Antarctic expeditions, and their wives. The project gives a valuable insight into work and life in the Antarctic since the 1950s and the support these members received from their families.
Jacqui Foley is a freelance oral historian for more than 20 years. She works also for museums and trusts and is involved in several other history projects. Jacqui has received a number of Oral History awards. She lives in Tokarahi, North Otago.
The book launch was a success! 20 people were there on a cold, windy and rainy evening, but it was a great atmosphere at the Naval Point Club in Lyttelton. Our treasurer, John (see picture) introduced Sue who lead through the evening. Lynda from the Akaroa Museum introduced the “young Frank Worsley”and Sue presented the journey in 1914-1917, especially the boat journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia. A great account to read next to the poem is “The great Antarctic Rescue. Shackleton’s Boat Journey” by Frank Worlsey himself. Even the title shows that Worsley kept Shackleton’s legacy alive and put himself in the background. The poem is a great way to give Worsley the credit he deserves.
18 Copies were sold and people not only like the poem, they love the line drawings by Myra Walton what ” brings the story very much alive” (quote of a buyer).
Thanks to Angus (in the picture left with the book) and Ethan (on the right), 2 bright year 5 pupils from Somerfield School, Christchurch, I had the opportunity to talk about Antarctic history.
I was invited by the pupils and their teachers to give them information on Robert Falcon Scott for their project on leadership and heroes. Scott is their first character they work on, but I have seen some other heroes on their pin board such as Edmund Hillary. It would be interesting what they find out about him. I got also an certificate as thank you for my presentation. The children were already well prepared what they wanted to know. They collected their thoughts on a mind map and I am glad that my presentation matched their expectation.
77 children participated, were communicative and had very interesting questions. It was inspiring.
A request from a young man from Somerfield School lead to an invitation to give a presentation on Robert Scott. On 17 May I will meet 77 pupils (10 years old) who want to know the story of Robert Scott. I am looking forward to it.