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Dogs in Antarctica: Tales from the Pack

Event details

Date and time

Until Sun 28 April

Location

Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch.

Cost

Free

Oscar (photographed above) was labelled a lazy dog with “dirty habits” by members of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–1917) – until he saved their lives.

Oscar had travelled to Antarctica on the Aurora in 1914 as part of the Ross Sea Party, the support crew for Ernest Shackleton’s attempted overland crossing of Antarctica via the South Pole.

He was part of a team that pulled expedition members suffering from scurvy to safety in a snowstorm while they were laying down supply depots. The crew credited him with saving their lives.

Oscar was one of hundreds of dogs who pulled sledges and provided companionship, and at times food, for explorers on the great Antarctic expeditions.

Stories about Antarctica usually focus on the heroic humans who explored the continent, but none of their feats could have been accomplished without the work and sacrifice of dogs like Oscar.

These canine characters had tales of their own to tell. Learn about their exploits, what they ate and the equipment they used in Canterbury Museum’s exhibition Dogs in Antarctica: Tales from the Pack.

The exhibition features photographs and objects from the Museum’s significant Antarctic collections and video interviews Frank Graveson and Peter Cleary, one of the first and one of the last dog handlers at Scott Base.

Dog Day

Many of the dogs who pulled sledges and provided friendship for Antarctic explorers were huskies. Their strength and thick fur made them ideally suited for work on the icy continent.

Two dogs from Husky Rescue NZ will be in the exhibition from 1pm until 3pm on Sunday 17 February 2019. Come along to meet the huskies and see what dogs like them achieved in Antarctica.

Please note that no other dogs (apart from service dogs) are allowed in the Museum.

Husky with exhibition

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Event details

Date and time

Until Sun 28 April

Location

Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch.

Cost

Free