Links for McNish

September 23, 2019

Henry ‘Chippy’ McNish died in Wellington, New Zealand, on 24 September, 1930.

To mark the anniversary of his death, I have put together a list of pages, articles and papers related to McNish. Though Shackleton denied McNish the Polar Medal, his hard work and skill in very trying circumstances contributed to the survival of the men of ‘Endurance’. We remember McNish today.

McNish (SPRI)


John Thomson, ‘The story of Harry McNeish: The Knight, the Carpenter and the Cat’, Stockade No. 39 (2005), pp. 23-28:

Gail Louw’s play about McNish, ‘Shackleton’s Carpenter’:

Allied Warships: HMS Dunedin (D 93), Light cruiser of the D class:

Endurance Obituaries: McNish biography:

Mrs. Chippy monument, Atlas Obscura:

McNish grave, New Zealand History (Ministry for Culture and Heritage):

Karori Cemetery Tour:

McNish’s journals are in the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand:

Robert Charles Swan, OBE, FRGS, the first person to walk to both Poles, has called for Henry McNish to be awarded the Polar Medal. Greenock Telegraph, 21 August, 2018:

For more on the Ohiro Benevolent Home, near the Te Aro end of Ohiro Rd, Wellington, where McNish spent some of his last years, see the following:

Margaret Tennant’s paper, ‘Elderly Indigents and Old Men’s Homes 1880—1920’ in the New Zealand Journal of History:

Henry McNish: The shipwright Shackleton forgot, Independent, 2 November, 2009:

Henry (Harry) McNish (1874-1930) Biographical notes, Cool Antarctica:

Stephen Scott-Fawcett, ‘Endurance and Harry McNish’, The James Caird Society Journal No. 4 (2008), pp. 19-41:

Mrs Chippy, of Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition, Purr ‘n’ Fur, Famous Felines:

Harry McNish, Port Glasgow Hero, The Greenockian blog:

McNish plaque (The Greenockian blog)

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