For amateur historians and trivia collectors everywhere

Location: Masterton, New Zealand

I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Irish Polar explorer Ernest Henry Shackleton was born this day in 1874.

Odd fact - Shackleton rewarded some of the people who donated money to one of his expeditions with stuffed Emperor penguins. I know of two in this area. Does anyone know of more? How many penguins died to provide souvenirs for Shackleton's patrons?
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