Matches believed to have been collected from Robert F. Scott's hut built in 1911 at Cape Evans on Ross Island, Antarctica, by A.K. Jack, a member of the Trans- Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917 led by Ernest Shackleton.
This is part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the 'Heroic Era' of exploration of Antarctica.

Physical Description

Five off-white wooden matches with red tips.


This is an interesting artefact from the Heroic Era, linking two early expeditions and emphasising the story of how the western party of Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition were forced to take shelter in the huts left by Scott's earlier expedition. It also represents changing attitudes to Antarctic souveniring as these huts are now a significant heritage site.

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