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Antartic explorer from Sharlston honoured with blue plaque

A Wakefield born man who explored the Antarctic by foot and became renowned for his contribution to science on the other side of the world is at last being recognised in the village where he was born.

Trevor Hatherton was born in 1924 in Sharlston and studied at the Lee Brigg Primary School and Normanton Grammar School.

His hunger for discovery led him to New Zealand where he was awarded the first National Research Scholarship for a scientist from overseas.

Trevor also received an OBE and Polar Medal for his contribution to Antarctic science. He even had a glacier named after him. He passed away in 1992.

Until recently, his was not well known in Wakefield.

His cousin Richard Burrough found out about his relative when he was researching his family tree and decided to do what he could to get him recognised in the town where he grew up.

The Wakefield Civic Society have revealed a blue plaque on Long Row in New Sharlston that will mark the home that he lived in with his parents.

Some of Mr Hatherton’s family, including his daughter Kate Carnaby from New Zealand, were in Wakefield to honour the explorer.

She said: “My father was a Yorkshireman at heart and kept that dry wit.

“He would have been really humbled to be remembered in this way and for people to know what he had done.

“His father and grandfather were miners, but he was fascinated by the Antarctic and wanted to be closer to it and I think that is why he moved to New Zealand.”

Kate was joined by her husband Garth, who is president of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Her father served as president of the society from 1985 to 1989

Richard Burrough said: “I am extremely pleased that Trevor has now received recognition for his roll in world science and his exploration of Antarctica.

“The work of the Wakefield Express allowed me to heighten Trevor’s profile and I am sure it played a major part in gaining the fitting award of the first blue plaque in Sharlston.”

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