Chance to walk path of Antarctic explorer

July 16, 2017 by  

The Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre is giving visitors and locals an opportunity to walk the same path as Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, and learn about his voyage of survival.

Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica is a touring exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum which presents first-hand accounts together with dramatic images taken by the expedition’s official photographer Frank Hurley.

Information on brochures advertising the exhibition describe it as telling the compelling story of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17 and his bid to stay alive.

Bunbury is one of 80 venues across the country to host the free display, with the local showing running until July 23.

Shackleton’s story began in August 1914 when he set out on a journey to create a `first’ by crossing the vast interior of Antarctica.

His strategy was to lead a team crossing the Weddell Sea, while a second supply party crossed the Ross Sea and placed critical rations needed to keep them alive, ahead of him.

As fate would have it, Shackleton’s party was lost before even reaching the continent and the other became marooned on it.

Put together by Tim Jarvis AM, a modern-day adventurer who reeenacted segments of Shackleton’s journey together with Shackleton fellow and biologist Mel Mackenzie, the free display illustrates the harrowing experiences endured by both parties.

The exhibition will be on show at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre until July 23.