The Adelie Mail

Scope and Content

  • MS 506;EN Newspaper, 1911-1912 [Incorporating the Cape Adare Times ] 1 volume, typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island. Extensive scientific investigations and exploration was conducted along the coast of Victoria Land and on the Ross Ice Shelf.

A northern party led by Victor Campbell and comprising of Raymond Priestley (geologist and meteorologist), George Levick (surgeon, zoologist, photographer), George Abbot and Frank Browning (both petty officers) and Harry Dickason (seaman) established a base at Cape Adare from where they conducted scientific programmes. After moving camp the party were forced to spend the winter of 1912 in ice caves before walking back to the Cape Evans camp. The Adelie Mail and Cape Adare Times were produced by the northern party.

Related Material

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which covers this expedition including photographs taken by Levick. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.

The Institute holds over a hundred archival collections containing material relating to this expedition, including collections for each member of the northern party. See SPRI collection GB 015 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 for more information.