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Antarctic Prelude

Short Film (Full Length) – 1956

In this 1956 reel, Sir Edmund Hillary and colleagues describe their mission to set up bases in advance of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Ed meets Everest mate George Lowe in Uruguay to board The Theron, and they smash and use explosives to blast their way through ice, then unload supplies (including the soon-to-be-famous Ferguson tractors). Sections of the footage were shot on 16mm film by Hillary himself. Lt Commander Bill Smith and Dr Trevor Hatherton narrate pathfinding with sledges in McMurdo Sound, on the other side of the continent.

There were times when it was quite a pleasure to pull two sledges along in the glorious sunshine.
– Trevor Hatherton

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Trevor Hatherton

Narrator

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Edmund Hillary

Camera, Narrator

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George Lowe

Narrator

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Bill Smith

Narrator

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Bill Hartigan

Camera

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David H Fowler

Editor, Writer

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