FIRST BURIAL ON THE CONTINENT
It became clear that Hanson would not recover and most of the party took up residence in the
stores hut and a temporary kitchen was set up in a tent outside. On 14 October, the first penguin
arrived on Ridley Beach and was caught by Evans who took it to Hanson. Colbeck said "I feel sure
we will miss him more and more as the days go by and we no longer see his cheery face and hear
his hearty jokes he was so fond of playing on us all.. " The same day, after farewelling each
member of the party, the 28 year old biologist who had been married only a month when he joined
the expedition, died. The doctor who conducted a postmortem concluded death had been caused by
an occlusion of the intestine. In accordance with Hanson's wishes, Bernacchi and the Finns using
dynamite, excavated a grave in frozen ground on the summit of Cape Adare and Hanson was
interred in the lee of a large erratic boulder on top of the Adare Peninsula.
Sledging continued in spring and Borchgrevink made plans to winter at Coulman Island or near
Cape Gauss and from there strike toward the South Magnetic Pole. The return of the penguins also
provided a welcome change of diet. The Finns collected over 2000 eggs which were packed in salt
and many were used by Borchgrevink to make egg flips.