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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, vol. 142, no. 2 , pp. 47-48 , doi: 10.26749/rstpp.142.2.47.

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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
Authors/Creators:Dartnall, HJG
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
ISSN: 0080-4703
DOI / ID Number: 10.26749/rstpp.142.2.47
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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