Gerald Doorly collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of material gathered for a unpublished history of polar explorers and letters and journals regarding the two British Relief Expeditions, 1902-1903 and 1903-1904 to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott)

Administrative / Biographical History

Gerald Stokely Doorly was born in Trinidad on 4 June 1880. In 1895, he joined HMS Worcester to train for the Merchant Navy. He served as Third Officer on board Morning (Captain William Colbeck) during the two British Relief Expeditions, 1902-1903 and 1903-1904, organized to assist the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott). He emigrated to New Zealand in 1905 and continued to serve in the Merchant Navy, achieving command and serving throughout the First World War. In 1925, he moved to Melbourne, Australia, becoming a Port Phillip pilot. He returned to New Zealand in 1951 and died in Dunedin on 3 November 1956.

Published work, In the wake, an autobiography Sampson, Low, Marston & Co. London (1936) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Doorly, G.S.], The songs of the Morning by Doorly, Bread and Cheese Club, Melbourne (1943) SPRI Library Shelf Special Collection (7)91(08)[1902-1904] and The voyages of the Morning by Doorly, Bluntisham Books, Huntingdon (1995) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1902-1903]


The collection is split into two sub-fonds consisting of material relating to Doorly's participation in the two relief expeditions to Discovery in the Antarctic and that which relates to his unpublished account of polar explorers.

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


> Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author signs the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to The Polar Record, (May 1957) volume 8, number 56, p466 and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events,(1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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

Additional finding aids available at the Institute.

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