High above Port Chalmers, this monument to Captain Scott's expedition was placed here as it was the last port of call before departing to Antarctica. While the Scott expedition made it to the South Pole, all lives were lost on the ice when returning to the coast.
Capt. ROBERT FALCON SCOTT
Dr EDWARD ADRIAN WILSON F.Z.S.
Capt. LAWRENCE E.G. OATES INISKILLIN DRAGOONS
Lieut. HENRY H. BOWERS R.I.M.
Petty Officer EDGAR EVANS R.N.
WHO SAILED IN THE TERRA NOVA FROM THIS PORT ON NOVEMBER 19th 1910, AND REACHED THE SOUTH POLE ON JANUARY 17th 1912, BUT LOST THEIR LIVES ON THE HOMEWARD JOURNEY.
Captain Scott's Last Message
I do not regret this journey, which has shown us that Englishmen can endure hardship, help one another, and meet death with as great a fortitude as every in the past. We took risks; we knew took them. Things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint, but bow to the will of providence, determined still to do our best to the last had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions, which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. We have been willing to give our lives to this.
Your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, "What mean these stones?"
Joshua IV. 21.