Peter Sutherland collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of material relating to the British Franklin Search Expedition, 1852 (leader Edward Inglefield) and correspondence by Sutherland

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Cormack Sutherland was born in 1822. He was appointed surgeon in HMS Sophia on the British Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-1851 (leader William Penny), instructed to search for Franklin's missing expedition in Jones Sound and Wellington Channel and in the unexplored region beyond Cape Walker, Barrow Strait. His journal of the expedition was published in 1852. He returned to the Arctic in 1852 as surgeon in Isabel on the British Franklin Search Expedition (leader Edward Inglefield), sponsored by Lady Franklin and by public subscription to search for Franklin in Jones Sound and along the west coast of Baffin Bay and Davis Strait. After the expedition, Sutherland was appointed surveyor general of Natal in 1855. He died in 1900.

Published work Journal of a voyage in Baffin's Bay and Barrow Straits, in the years 1850-1851 performed by HM ships Lady Franklin and Sophia, under the command of Mr William Penny, in search of the missing crews of HM ships Erebus and Terror... by Peter Cormack Sutherland, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans London (1852) SPRI Library Special Collection (41):91(08)[1850-1851 Penny]


The collection is split into two sub-fonds comprising of expedition material and correspondence respectively

Access Information

By appointment.

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The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and British polar exploration and research a historical and medallic record with biographies 1818-1999 by Lieutenant Colonel Neville W Poulsom and Rear Admiral John A L Myres, Savannah Publications London (2000) SPRI Library Shelf 737.2

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

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