27 Feb 2013

Antarctic cabin shifted to Godley Head

2:32 pm on 27 February 2013

The Department of Conservation has moved a prefab cabin linked to Captain Robert Falcon Scott's fatal Antarctic expedition to Godley Head from the brink of a crumbled clifftop near Christchurch.

The cabin was a meteorological hut taken to the Antarctic by the expedition in 1911.

It was brought back to Lyttelton in 1912 still in its wrapping and erected on Clifton Hill above Sumner in the garden of the expedition agent Sir Joseph Kinsey.

The Crichton family has now vested it with DoC.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith said the department on Wednesday trucked the cabin to Godley Head, where it will be restored and made available for generations to come.

Dr Smith said that will hopefully be its final resting place.