Remembering Edward Bransfield project has two basic aims: to raise awareness of navigator and expedition leader Edward Bransfield both locally and internationally and to place a monument to him in his birthplace of Ballinacurra, Cork, Ireland in January 2020 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his achievement of being the leader of the first expedition to make the first sighting of the Antarctic mainland. The monument was unveiled on Saturday the 25th January 2020. It is the first monument anywhere in the world to commemorate Edward Bransfield and his pioneering voyage of discovery. The committee was also successful in having Edward Bransfield commemorated on a national postage stamp as part of a series called ‘Icemen – Irish Antarctic Explorers‘ in 2021.
Edward Bransfield, the Irish-born navigator and commander of the expedition, is credited with making the first confirmed sighting and maps of the Antarctic mainland and arguably the continent 200 years ago. It was a discovery which began the era of Antarctic exploration later made famous by the exploits of Ross, Crozier, Borchgrevink, Amundsen, Scott, Shackleton and others.
Here is a podcast about our project, first broadcast on Irish national radio RTE 1 on Sunday 1st December 2019.