Borchgrevink, British Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 495;D Record left at Cape Adare, Victoria Land, 30 January 1900. [Outlines progress and scientific and geographical results of the expedition] 4 leaves, holograph
  • MS 383/5;D Record deposited on Possession Island, Victoria Land, 3 February 1900 [Signed by Borchgrevink, William Colbeck, Bernt Jensen and 4 others, recovered 8 January 1903 by the relief ship Morningduring the British National Antarctic Expedition,1901-1904] 1 leaf, photostat

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Antarctic Expedition 1898-1900 (led by Borchgrevink) visited the Balleny Islands and examined a large stretch of the Victoria Land coast making a landing at Cape Adare. A party of ten men became spent the winter on the Antarctic mainland. When biologist Nicolai Hanson died there in 1899 he became the first to be buried on Antarctica. The expedition ship Southern Cross reached a furthest south of 78°21' in 1900 during her second voyage having wintered in New Zealand. Newnes Glacier, Victoria Land was named by Borchgrevink for George Newnes (newspaper proprietor) who funded much of the expedition.



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. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to the British Antarctic Expedition, 1898-1900 see, Louis Charles Bernacchi, Janet Crawford, Axel Melby, Sir Clements Markham and Sir George Newnes.

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