Goldie, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 366/15;ER Letter to Robert Falcon Scott, 29 July 1901 [In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-9104, volume 5 item 10]
  • MS 1453/103;D Letters (2) to Robert Falcon Scott, 10 November and 14 March 1907 [Regarding Shackleton's proposed expedition] 2 leaves, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) undertook the first extensive exploration on land in Antarctica. Funding came from the Government, the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society and private donations. The expedition set up base at McMurdo Sound from where sledging parties carried out recognisance and scientific programmes. Shackleton was a member of this expedition and in 1907 led the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 that discovered nearly 500km of the Transantarctic Mountains flanking the Ross Ice Shelf. Shackleton and three companions sledged to a furthest south of 88.38° [180km from the pole].



Related Material

See SPRI collections GB 015 British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 and GB 015 British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 for more information on the archival collections held by the Institute containing material relating to these expeditions.