60 Objects Como Collection
Antarctic explorer, animal handler and soldier Bertram Armytage lived a life of high adventure
After a life of adventure and adrenaline seeking, Bertram Armytage ended his life in his room at the Melbourne Club wearing the medals he was awarded for bravery and exploration.
These included the Queen’s medal with three clasps from the South African campaign of the Boer War, the King’s Medal with two clasps, the silver Polar Medal for the British Antarctic Expedition 1907 – 1909, awarded at Buckingham Palace by King Edward VII, and a medallion from the King of the Belgians.
Bertram had been part of Sir Ernest Shackelton’s second expedition (1907 -1909) to the Antarctic, where he was assigned the task of looking after the animals.