Story: Documentary film

Shackleton departs for Antarctica, 1908 (2nd of 2)

British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1908 voyage to the Antarctic departed from Lyttelton, after weeks of preparation and ceremony. Government camera operator James McDonald recorded the events. This silent film shows the Mongolian ponies and husky sled dogs that Shackleton chose for the expedition.

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Reference: Departure of the British Antarctic Expedition from Lyttelton, New Zealand 1908

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Helen Martin, 'Documentary film - Early documentary film', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 April 2024)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014