4 Jan 2011

100 years since Scott's last expedition landed in Antarctica

12:03 pm on 4 January 2011

It's 100 years since Captain Robert Falcon Scott's last expedition landed at Cape Evans in Antarctica and began building their base.

Scott's expedition later perished on the return journey from the South Pole in late March 1912.

A long-term conservation project is underway to conserve both the base and the more than 8000 artefacts that it houses.

A team of nine specialists from the Antarctic Heritage Trust is on site now.

Programme manager Al Fastier says they are planning a quiet celebration to mark the centenary.

The South Pole was first reached by Norwegian Roald Amundsen (1872 - 1928) on 14 December, 1991. Scott and his team arrived there on 17 January, 1912.