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The island group was first charted in 1800. An attempt to establish cattle the islands was short-lived (and so, due to the climate, were the cattle). When the ship Spirit of Dawn foundered on the main island's coast in 1893, the eleven surviving crew spent nearly three months living as castaways on the island, living on a subsistence diet of raw seabird. Ironically, a well-supplied castaway depot was available on the other end of the island.
The group consists of one main island of 60 km2 area, Bollans Island of 2 km2 to the north, and numerous small islets and stacks.
The group gets its name for its supposed antipodal position to Britain. Although they are the closest land to the true antipodes of Britain, their location () is directly antipodal to a point a few kilometres to the east of Cherbourg on the north coast of France.
Wise's New Zealand Guide (4th ed.) (1969). Dunedin: H. Wise & Co. (N.Z.) Ltd.
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