- MS 1537/4/2/1;D Summary account, December 1914 to September 1915, 7 leaves, holograph
- MS 1537/4/2/2;D Summary account, September 1915 to 18 March 1916 [Sledging party] 17 leaves
- MS 1537/4/2/3;D Summary account, 23 February 1916 to 19 March 1916 [On the Barrier (Ross Ice Shelf)] 9 leaves
- MS 1537/4/2/4;D Summary account, 18 March 1916 to 15 July 1916 [Hut Point] 6 leaves
Richards, Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition [Ross Sea Party]
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- ReferenceGB 15 Richard Walter Richards/Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition [Ross Sea Party]
- Dates of CreationDecember 1914 to July 1916
- Name of Creator
- Physical Description4 accounts
Scope and Content
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.