1910 Victoria Land
The halfpenny Edward VII and penny Dominion stamps were overprinted
'Victoria Land' in connection with Captain Robert Falcon
Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova Antarctic expedition. Only ten sheets
were overprinted and fewer than two thousand copies of the stamp were
issued to the public. Forgeries of this overprint are known and expert
advice is recommended before buying.
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Scott led a party of five
which reached the South Pole on the 18th of January 1912, only to find
that they had been beaten by Roald Amundsen's Norwegian party in an
unsought race for the Pole. On their return journey Scott and his four
comrades all perished, due to a combination of exhaustion, hunger and
extreme cold. Shortly before his death, Scott wrote:
risks, we knew we took them; things have come out against us, and
therefore we have no cause for complaint, but bow to the will of
Providence, determined still to do our best to the last ... Had we lived,
I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage
of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman.
These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale, but surely,
surely, a great rich country like ours will see that those who are
dependent on us are properly provided for."
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