The collection comprises of correspondence by Ellison-Macartney relating to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) and the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton).
Sir William Ellison-Macartney collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Sir William Ellison-Macartney
- Dates of Creation1900-1922
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (Circa 5 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
William Grey Ellison-Macartney was born in Dublin in 1852. He was educated at Eton College and Exeter College, Oxford, graduating with an arts degree. From 1885 until 1903, he served as the Member of Parliament for South Antrim, and in 1895, was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty, remaining in that post for five years.
In 1897, he married Ettie Scott, the eldest sister of Robert Falcon Scott. In 1903, he was appointed deputy-master of the Royal Mint, a post he held until 1913, when he became governor of Tasmania. Four years later, he was appointed governor of Western Australia, where he remained until 1920. He was knighted in 1913 and died in 1924.
The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Who was who, 1916-1928 volume 2, Adam & Charles Black, London (1947) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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
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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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