Sir George Goldie collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence with Robert Falcon Scott regarding the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (led by Scott) and the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton).

Administrative / Biographical History

George Dashwood Taubman Goldie was born on the Isle of Man in 1846. He entered the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, obtaining a commission in the Royal Engineers in 1865, which he resigned two years later. In 1877, he entered the Niger River Trade and two years later formed the United African Company, which soon dominated trade on the lower river. Goldie later launched the National African Company. In 1886, this was renamed the Royal Niger Company Chartered & Limited and given political and economic control over Nigeria under royal charter. Goldie successfully repelled French and German attempts to establish posts in Nigeria and extended British control over the Niger River. He was knighted in 1887 and, in 1905, was elected president of the Royal Geographical Society. He died in London in 1925.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Dictionary of National Biography, 1922-1930, with an index covering the years 1901-1930 in one alphabetical series, Oxford University Press, London (1937) and and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034

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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