The Endurance Expedition
took part in three sledging journeys on the Nimrod expedition,
including an ascent of Mount Erebus. He was a graduate
of the Regent Street Polytechnic art school in London
and joined the Nimrod expedition after being persuaded
by Shackleton's two sisters with whom he was friends.
He contributed several lithographs to the "Aurora
Australis", a limited edition publication produced
during 1908 whilst the men were laid up for the winter
at Hut Point, and several paintings to "The Heart
of the Antarctic" Shackleton's book of the
was rather a moody individual, being up or down on an
almost daily basis, he also had a tendency to be pessimistic
and was somewhat disliked by Shackleton as a result
sketches of life on the pack-ice and also Elephant Island,
once again contributing to Shackleton's official
account of the expedition. Marston made a not inconsiderable
sacrifice on Elephant Island in giving up his oil paints
to be used to help caulk the James Caird for the journey
to South Georgia.
Marston was born in Southsea, Portsmouth on the
19th of March 1882, the son of a coach builder.
Prior to going to Antarctica, he worked as a School
Board Art Teacher. He had married to Hazel Roberts
in 1913, in October of the same year, a daughter,
Heather was born.
was keen to recruit Marston as artist on the Endurance
and was one of the first people he signed up, being
promised a salary of £350 per year. As well as being
artist, Marston was assigned as a dog-team leader
return from the expedition Marston taught at Bedales
school in Petersfield from 1918 to 1922. In 1925,
he joined the Rural Industries Bureau (RIB) as Handicrafts
Adviser, having always been a lover rural life and
countryside matters, he was appointed Assistant
Director in 1931 and Director in 1934.
job for the R.I.B. involved travelling around England,
Wales and Scotland, the administrative centres being
London and Taunton, Somerset. George split with
Hazel and they lead separate lives though they never
Marston died on the 22nd of November
1940 in Taunton of a coronary thrombosis at the
age of 58, he is buried in the village churchyard
at East Lyng, near Taunton, a sailing ship adorns
References to George
Marsto in Shackleton's book "South!"
new quarters became known as "The Ritz,"
and meals were served there instead of in the
ward room. Breakfast was at 9 a.m., lunch at
1 p.m., tea at 4 p.m., and dinner at 6 p.m.
Crean, and Worsley established themselves in
cubicles in the wardroom, and by the middle
of the month all hands had settled down to the
few pieces of wood that we had were laid across
from keel to keel, and over this the material
of one of the torn tents was spread and secured
with guys to the rocks. The walls were ingeniously
contrived and fixed up by
he cut the now useless tents into suitable lengths;
then he cut the legs of a pair of seaboots into
narrow strips, and using these in much the same
way that the leather binding is put round the
edge of upholstered chairs, he nailed the tent-cloth
all round the insides of the outer gunwales
of the two boats in such a way that it hung
down like a valance to the ground, where it
was secured with spars and oars.
reading material consisted at this time of two
books of poetry, one book of ‘Nordenskjold's
Expedition,' one or two torn volumes of
the ‘Encyclopaedia Britannica,' and a penny
cookery book, owned by
clothes, though never presentable, as they bore
the scars of nearly ten months of rough usage,
had to be continually patched to keep them together
- A huge
glacier across the bay behind the hut nearly
put an end to the party. Enormous blocks of
ice weighing many tons would break off and fall
into the sea, the disturbance thus caused giving
rise to great waves. One day
outside the hut digging up the frozen seal for
lunch with a pick, when a noise "like an
artillery barrage" startled him. Looking
up he saw that one of these tremendous waves,
over thirty feet high, was advancing rapidly
across the bay, threatening to sweep hut and
inhabitants into the sea. A hastily shouted
warning brought the men tumbling out, but fortunately
the loose ice which filled the bay damped the
wave down so much that, though it flowed right
under the hut, nothing was carried away. It
was a narrow escape, though, as had they been
washed into the sea nothing could have saved
centre of the hut is filled with the cases which
do duty for the cook's bed, the meat and
blubber boxes, and a mummified-looking object,
which is Lees in his sleeping-bag. The near
end of the floor space is taken up with the
stove, with Wild and McIlroy on one side, and
Hurley and James on the other.
a hammock most of the night—and day—which is
slung across the entrance. As he is large and
the entrance very small, he invariably gets
bumped by those passing in and out. His vocabulary
at such times is interesting.
had with him a small penny cookery book. From
this he would read out one recipe each night,
so as to make them last. This would be discussed
very seriously, and alterations and improvements
suggested, and then they would turn into their
bags to dream of wonderful meals that they could
- We were just assembling for lunch to the
call of ‘Lunch O!' and I was serving out
the soup, which was particularly good that day,
consisting of boiled seal's backbone, limpets,
and seaweed, when there was another hail from
of ‘Ship O!' Some of the men thought it
was ‘Lunch O!' over again, but when there
was another yell from
Marston lunch had no further attractions.
Landmarks named after George
Feature Type: summit
Description: A whaleback-shaped
mountain, 1,245 m, standing at the N side of Kar
3 mi N of the terminus of Mackay Glacier in Victoria
Land. First mapped by the BrAE (1907-09).
Name(s) - Whaleback
Clark, Robert S.
Green, Charles J.
How, Walter E.
Hudson, Hubert T.
Hurley, James F. (Frank)
Hussey, Leonard D. A.
James, Reginald W.
Kerr, A. J.
Macklin, Dr. Alexander
Marston, George E.
McIlroy, Dr. James A.
Motor Expert and Storekeeper
Shackleton, Ernest H.
Wordie, James M.