Ernest Shackleton, Antarctic hero

Shackleton camp site
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Monday, 12 June 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

St Margaret's United Reform Church
Victoria Avenue
N3 1BD

Shackleton 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’.

Isobel Williams has written biographies of several Antarctic heroes. She originally qualified as a doctor at St George’s Hospital, University of London, and was inspired by the Antarctic paintings by Dr Edward Wilson (who accompanied Scott) on display in the medical school. Isobel has been giving talks for over ten years to history societies, medical societies and on the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship. She has always admired Shackleton and wants to share her enthusiasm with us.

Image: Nimrod Expedition (1907–09) to the Antarctic, led by Ernest Shackleton