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Last reviewed: Wed, 14 Sep 2011

Captain Robert Falcon Scott Statue


Captain Robert Falcon Scott statue.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott Statue

Location
Scott Reserve on Riverbank Reserve, cnr Worcester Street and Oxford Terrace.

Description
Marble statue of Robert Falcon Scott set on stone base commemorating death of Scott and his party returning from the South Pole in 1912. Two bronze plaques are set on the plinth and one inscription carved into the stone. Inscription Reads 'I do not regret this journey which shows that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another and meet death with as great fortitude as ever in the past.'

Update - April 2012
The grass beneath the Captain Scott statue, at Scott Reserve on Oxford Terrace at Worcester Street, proved to be a saving grace when the statue was thrown from its plinth in the 22 February 2011 Canterbury Earthquake.

The grass cushioned the fall but the statue did sustain a fracture and broke across the ankles. A special crate was made to enable the statue to be safely transported into storage. It has since been cleaned and condition assessed by a conservator. The assessment notes there are no additional fracture or cracks in the marble and that there are numerous chips. Many of the fragments were salvaged from site. 

Currently arrangements are being finalised for the engagement of an engineer who will work through repair and earthquake strengthening considerations. The team of people who will be working with the Scott statue include an engineer, conservator, stonemason and heritage experts.

 

Authorising Unit: Transport and Greenspace

Last reviewed: Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Next review: Friday, 14 September 2012

Keywords: antarctic, commemorative, marble, plaques, plinth, statue, stone