Captain Robert Falcon Scott was leader of the ill-fated British expedition to the South Pole, which set out from Christchurch in 1910. After reaching the pole in 1912, Scott's entire party perished on the return journey. Facing impending death, Scott wrote in his diary that: "Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past." Scott's effigy (sculpted by his widow) now resides beside the tranquil Avon River, and the chiseled features looking forever northward across the white wastes towards home, seem somehow at odds with the surrounding buildings. The statue fell off its plinth during the 2011 earthquake and still requires some repairs.
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