October 19, 2010

Wednesday, 19 October 1910


Scott and Kathleen travelled to Sydney with Simpson.

"Dined with Lord Mayor," Scott noted in his diary. "Excellent dinner. David proposed my health in a fine speech full of his fine enthusiastic personality.... My reply was poor enough -- then to everyone's surprise Mr Sam Hordern got up and after stating that David had convinced him as to the usefulness of the enterprise said that if the Government could not see its way to make up the extra £2500 required he would do so -- a splendid round up to the evening." [1]


Amongst all the work on equipment, Amundsen spent time "sorting Christmas presents ... -- 300-400 -- and divided them over 5-6 years. We take one year's supply [ashore]". [2]


[1] R.F. Scott, diary, 19 October, 1910, quoted by David Crane in Scott of the Antarctic (New York : Knopf, c2005), p.384.
[2] Roald Amundsen, diary, 19 October, 1910, quoted by Roland Huntford in The Amundsen Photographs (London : Hodder & Stoughton, c1987), p.74.

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