- MS 1456/33; Fisher Papers Diary, 23 December 1914 to 5 June 1915 [Kept as second officer of the Aurora]40 leaves, typed transcript made by James and Margery Fisher
Thompson, Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition [Ross Sea Party]
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- ReferenceGB 15 Leslie Thompson/Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition [Ross Sea Party]
- Dates of Creation23 December 1914 to 5 June 1915
- Name of Creator
- Physical DescriptionDiary
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Administrative / Biographical History
This expedition was organised by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton to meet the party from Endurance who were to sledge across the Antarctic from the Weddell Sea. After visiting Macquarie Island to provision the Commonwealth Meteorological Expedition the Aurora (Captain Mackintosh) sailed to Ross Island. When ice prevented the creation of a base at Cape Crozier the ship continued to Cape Evans where ten men became stranded when on 6 May 1915 Aurora was driven from her moorings in a blizzard. With minimal supplies and equipment the party laid depots towards the Beardmore Glacier for the expected Weddell Sea party. Three men including Captain Mackintosh died between March and May 1916. During the 1916 winter a party of four wintered at Cape Evans while a party of three were at Hut Point. Aurora (Captained by Stenhouse) drifted for ten months in the Ross Sea before returning to New Zealand. The seven survivors were rescued in January 1917.
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