SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
The above pictures of Captain Mackintosh and the Aurora can be found on a leading Antarctic Website published in Belgium, in Flemish/Dutch.
'Het laatste continent' - 'the last continent' - includes a lively Antarctic news section detailing the latest activities of exploration and research groups from all countries. It includes, for example, a story about Sir Edmund Hillary making his planned last journey to Antarctica, during early 1907 ('Sir Edmund Hillary bezoekt laatste keer Antarctica'). There is also an extensive and easily navigable Antartic new archive dating back to 2000, with a generous number of useful and interesting stories from each year.
There is a splendid succinct time-chart listing Antarctic events from 1502 (the straits of Magellan), 1578 (the Drake Passage) and 1592 (John Davis's discovery of the Falkland Islands) via the early age of Antarctic exploration (Weddell's discovery of the Weddell Sea, 1823, Sir James Clark Ross's 1841 expedition) via the great age of Antarctic exploration to the present day. There is also a distinct and convenient list of expeditions, and the site map shows a full conspectus of the expeditions covered, with direct links to each.
Naturally the site has a special interest in the ground-breaking expedition of the Belgica under its leader Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery (see below).
A section is devoted to a biography of Shackleton, interesting for several reasons and commendable for giving a handy list of the dates of all Shackleton's siblings: Alice (1872-1938), Amy (1875-1953), Francis Richard (Frank) (1876-1941), Ethel (1878-1935), Eleanor (1879-1960), Clara (1881-1958), Helen (1882-1962), Kathleen (1884-1961) and Gladys (1887-1962). Ernest was born on 15 February 1874.
In addition, the story of Shackleton is told at a Netherlands website dealing with travel, sport and adventure, where you can read it in Dutch in connection with the recent film, starring Kenneth Branagh.