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Date(s) - Monday, 11 May 2020
10:00 am - 11:45 am

St Paul’s Church


Officers of the ‘Discovery’ on the 1901-1904 British Antarctic Expedition. From left: Edward Adrian Wilson, Ernest Henry Shackleton, Albert Armitage, Michael Barne, Dr. Reginald Koettlitz, Reginald Skelton, Robert Falcon Scott, Charles Royds, Louis Bernacchi, Hartley Travers Ferrar, Thomas V. Hodgson.
unidentified photographer – Alexander Turnbull National Library, New Zealand (http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=11715)

Isobel Williams qualified as a doctor at St George’s Hospital, University of London and progressed to become a Consultant Respiratory Physician, working for the National Health Service.

Dr. Edward Wilson, Scott of the Antarctic’s friend and confidant had trained at St George’s some seventy years previously. Dr Wilson was a member of the Falcon Scott Discovery Expedition (1901-04) acting as surgeon and artist. His iconic paintings, some of which were in the medical school, introduced Isobel to Antarctica and she became fascinated by the explorations of the early 1900s.

Isobel has written the biographies of three of the Antarctic heroes and makes regular presentations on Antarctic heroes and Antarctic subjects. She is a great admirer of Shackleton and will talk about -‘Shackleton, His Life and Times’. Shackleton led three expeditions to the Antarctic and was a crew member on a fourth. He is justly famous for escaping with all his crew, from the icy grip of the Weddell Sea during his momentous expedition of 1914-1916 and for his incredible 800 mile sail from Elephant Island to South Georgia. But he achieved more than this. In 1909 he got to within 100 miles of the South Pole the first expedition to get so far on the Antarctic plateau. He lived up to his family motto, ‘By Endurance we Conquer’.




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