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Robert Falcon Scott: the Tasmanian links and an appreciation.

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Scott is not normally recognised as having a strong Tasmanian association, but he spent an afternoon on Macquarie Island in 1901, thus meaning he was in Tasmania. Perhaps odd is the existence at St Alban’s Anglican church in the northern Hobart suburb of Claremont, a very high quality three panel stained glass window dedicated to Scott. Over the last 20 years, I have been trying find out who designed and made the window. It is now believed it was Auguste Fischer (sometimes Fisher) who was a close asociate of the designer of the church Alan Cameron Walker, a renowned architect and silversmith, whio also designed the General Post Office from which Amundsen sent the information of his successful attempt on the South Pole. When Scott’s death was made known to the world in 1913, Scott’s sister Ettie was the wife of the newly appointed governor of Tasmania, and many other members of Scott’s family also lived in Government House. The appreciation will be my personal positive view of the achievements of Scott’s expedition.

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