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Biographical entry Scott, Robert Falcon

Antarctic explorer


Robert Scott commanded the British Antarctic expedition of 1897 and explored the area in the "Discovery" 1900-1904. In 1911 he began his sledge journey to the South Pole but arrived four weeks after Amundsen. All members of the party perished on the return trip.

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Robert Falcon Scott - Records, 1904, ML DOC 1130; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Robert Falcon Scott - Records, 1910 - 1912, 999 S 428; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources


  • Fitzsimons, Peter, Mawson: and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen (North Sydney: William Heinemann, 2011), 737 pp. Details
  • Huntsford, R., Race for the South Pole: the Expedition Diaries of Scott and Amundsen (London: Continuum, 2010), 330 pp. Details
  • Macphee, Ross D. E., Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott and the Attainment of the South Pole (New York; London: Sterling Innovation: American Museum of Natural History, in association with the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, 2010), 245 pp. Details
  • Scott, Robert Falcon, Journals: Captain Scott's Last Expedition. Edited with an Introduction by Max Jones (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), 529 pp. Details
  • Solomon, S, The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition (Melbourne/New Haven, CT: Melbourne University Press/Yale University Press, 2001), 405 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Guly, Henry, 'The Death of Robert Falcon Scott (1869-1912) and Colleagues', Journal of Medical Biography, 20 (4) (2012), 160-3. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick G., 'Laying the Foundation: Early Australian Earth Scientists in the Antarctic: Part 2 - Geologists with Scott's 1911-1912 Final Expedition', TAG: Geological Society of Australia Newsletter, 161 (2011), 21-6. Details
  • Roberts, Peder, 'Heroes for the Past and Present: a Century of Remembering Amundsen and Scott', Endeavour, 35 (4) (2011), 142-50. Details


McCarthy, G.J.