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Shackleton's Carpenter

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Australian National Maritime Museum

2 Murray Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

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A dramatised reading of Shackleton's Carpenter

By award-winning playwright Gail Louw

Starring Peter FitzSimons as Harry McNish


Experience the play that received stellar reviews in London's West End!


The play tells an epic story of exploration, survival, courage, conflict and the workings of the British class system, through the eyes of Shackleton’s carpenter.

In 1914, as war was about to envelope Europe, Sir Ernest Shackleton, together with 27 hand picked men sailed in the Endurance to Antarctica with the aim of walking to the South Pole. Within 80 miles of reaching land the Endurance became trapped in the ice. For 10 months the expedition waited for the ice to break, however finally the Endurance was crushed and sank. The expedition then spent a further 6 months camped on the ice. When the ice finally melted, they set out in three open life boats and after 7 days reached the uninhabited Elephant Island. From there, for 15 days, six of the men sailed over 600 miles of treacherous seas and managed to reach South Georgia. Unfortunately, they reached the wrong side of the island.

Three of them then had to make the journey on foot, across uncharted mountains to reach the whaling station of Grytviken. Eighteen months after the Endurance was first captured by the ice, all the members of the expedition were saved. Twenty four members of the expedition were awarded the Polar Medal. Shackleton’s carpenter, was not.

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Australian National Maritime Museum

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