The Body at the Melbourne Club: Bertram Armytage, Antarctica's Forgotten Man

Author(s): David Burke

True Crime

Bertram Armytage, son of a wealthy squatter, a popular sportsman who rowed for Cambridge, was the first Australian-born member of an Antarctic expedition. An expert horseman, he was given charge of the ponies in Ernest Shackleton's great 1907-1909 expedition, narrowly escaping the jaws of killer whales. In London he was decorated by royalty, but on coming home to Australia he went to his part-time city residence, the exclusive Melbourne Club, put on his dinner suit and polar medals and, at the age of 41, shot himself. This mystery-cum-biography provides a new perspective on one of Shackleton's greatest expeditions.

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781862548336
  • : Wakefield Press
  • : Wakefield Press
  • : 0.33
  • : November 2008
  • : 210mm X 135mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Burke
  • : Paperback
  • : 2019
  • : 919.8904
  • : 224
  • : illustrations