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

Scott statue

A marble statue of Robert Falcon Scott set on stone base memorialising the death of Scott and his party on their return from the South Pole in 1912.

A Christchurch committee commissioned Scott's widow Kathleen to sculpt an exact replica of the bronze statue of Scott that stood in Waterloo. Because of the rising cost of metal during the First World War, it was more cost effective to sculpt in marble but as Britain had banned the importation of marble, Kathleen had to travel to Carrara, Italy in order to create the statue.

The Scott statue was finally unveiled in 1917, an inscription, one of Scott's last diary entries, is carved into the stone.

The 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.'

Three marble plaques were added to the statue; one displays the text from the now unreadable inscription, another lists the names of the five explorers who died and the last and most recent recognises Kathleen Scott as the sculptor.

There is more information about the statues in our city(external link) on the Christchurch City Libraries website.

Find the statue of Captain Robert Falcon Scott.(external link)

Repair and reinstatement

Technicians install Scott Statue displayA hundred years on from its unveiling, conservation efforts took place to repair and reinstate the white marble statue of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, CVO, RN onto its original stone base. 

The 2.5 tonne, 2.6 metres high statue was badly damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake, toppling from its plinth and snapping at its most vulnerable part, the ankles. 

Information sheet on the restoration [PDF, 324 KB].

The Scott statue was reinstated in October 2017.