Frequently Asked Questions


- What do TAE and IGY stand for?
- Why is Scott Base painted green?
- How did Scott Base come to be located at
Pram Point?
- How cold, how warm and how windy is Scott Base?
- Is it true that the flagpole from Scott’s Discovery expedition (1901-04) is now at Scott Base?
- Where did the huskies come from and what
did they eat?
- What were the huskies used for and why
were they removed?
- What is the oldest building at Scott Base?
- How many people have visited Scott Base?
- Who has spent the most time for New Zealand
at Scott Base?
- Who decided on the name Scott Base?
- What is the largest and smallest number of people accommodated at Scott Base?
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Why is Scott Base painted green?

The original base was a mixture of orange, red and yellow. However in 1965 discussion was held about the need to re-paint the base and it was decided that, in keeping with the image of the New Zealand landscape, Scott Base would be repainted green: British Standard BS670. However, there is a whole mythology about how the colour was chosen, the most popular story being that the then Superintendent, Bob Thomson, remembered a trip to Ireland where he liked the white cottages surrounded by green and that he reversed this for Scott Base. The colour has subsequently been referred to as RBT Green, after Bob (Robert Baden) Thomson, and the paint used now is actually Chelsea cucumber (Resene 6-071).