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Antarctic vignettes II: The search for S. Tasman, AB, on the Terra Nova, 1903-04

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Dartnall, HJG (2008) Antarctic vignettes II: The search for S. Tasman, AB, on the Terra Nova, 1903-04. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 142 (2). pp. 47-48. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

The Tasmanian seaman, Tasman Spaulding, served on the steam-powered wooden barque SY Terra Nova on her 1903-04 voyage to Antarctica. Throughout his life he was beset by official incompetence. The records of his birth, death and marriage all contain mistakes, and a clerical error in 1904 that reversed his first and last names meant he could not be traced. Consequently he never received the bronze Polar Medal awarded for his service as an Able Seaman on the Terra Nova in 1903-04. The medal entitlement of three other crew members Robert Christie, Alexander McNeill and John M. D. Strachan - is challenged.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 47-48
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 01:44
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:31
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13283
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