The collection comprises of material relating to the two Antarctic expeditions Bernacchi undertook, the British Antarctic Expedition, 1898-1900 (leader Carsten Egeberg Borchgrevink), the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) and correspondence by Bernacchi.
Louis Charles Bernacchi collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Louis Charles Bernacchi
- Dates of Creation1898-1932
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (8 volumes, 62 leaves) and correspondence (78 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Louis Charles Bernacchi was born in Belgium in 1876. He was brought up in England and Tasmania and trained at the Melbourne Observatory, Australia where he studied astronomy, magnetism, meteorology and physics. He joined the British Antarctic Expedition, 1898-1900 (leader Carsten Egeberg Borchgrevink) as meteorologist and magnetometry observer, and later joined the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) in a similar capacity. After this expedition, Bernacchi travelled in South America, South Africa and South-East Asia. He served in the Royal Navy during both World Wars, and received a military OBE and the US Navy Cross. He died on 24 April 1942.
Published works, To the south polar regions, expedition of 1898-1900 by L C Bernacchi, Bluntisham Books & Erskine Press, Norfolk (1991) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1898-1900]
The collection is split into three sub-fonds, covering the two expeditions and correspondence respectively.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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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