28 Dec 2011

Push to honour Shackleton's carpenter

10:12 pm on 28 December 2011

A Canterbury man has taken on the fight to posthumously honour a man said to have saved Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition a few years after the Scott mission.

Scottish-born Harry McNeish was the carpenter on the expedition, but he challenged Sir Ernest's leadership, and was later denied the sought-after polar medal.

Canterbury Museum's emeritus curator of Antarctic history, Baden Norris, says Mr McNeish deserves the symbolic honour for his heroic actions.

He says Harry McNeish built skis to fit under the three ships, which were then dragged across the ice.

Mr Norris says Mr McNeish did more than any other crew member to save the expedition.