Body at the Melbourne Club: Bertram Armytage, Antarctica's Forgotten Man

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Wakefield Press, 2009 - Antarctica - 170 pages
Bertram Armytage, son of a wealthy squatter, a popular sportsman who rowed for Cambridge, was the first Australian-born member of an Antarctic expedition. An expert horseman, he was given charge of the ponies in Ernest Shackleton's great 1907-1909 expedition, narrowly escaping the jaws of killer whales. In London he was decorated by royalty, but on coming home to Australia he went to his part-time city residence, the exclusive Melbourne Club, put on his dinner suit and polar medals and, at the age of 41, shot himself. This mystery-cum-biography provides a new perspective on one of Shackleton's greatest expeditions.
 

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Contents

Armytage Country
6
The Rower
12
The Bridegroom
20
Locking the Gates
29
The Dragoons
41
The Voyager
56
Reaching McMurdo
63
Volcano
73
Escape
113
Last Days
119
Why?
130
Appendix
138
Acknowledgements and Sources
149
Bibliography
155
Index
161
Copyright

Brush with Killers
107

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About the author (2009)

David Burke is an actor who has worked extensively with Britain's National Theatre & the Royal Shakespeare Company. He played Niels Bohr in the London production of Copenhagen.

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