The collection comprises of correspondence by Rawson regarding two Antarctic expeditions, the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) and the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton).
Sir Harry Rawson collection
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 15 Sir Harry Rawson
- Dates of Creation1904-1907
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (Circa 4 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Harry Holdsworth Rawson was born in 1843 at Walton-on-Hill, Lancashire. He entered the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1857, serving in the China War between 1858 and 1861. In 1863 he was promoted lieutenant, advancing to commander in 1871 and captain in 1877, before serving in Egypt and Cyprus. Promoted rear-admiral in 1892, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station in 1895, a post he held until 1898 when promoted vice-admiral. Between 1898 and 1901, he commanded the Channel Squadron and, in 1902, was appointed governor of New South Wales. He was knighted in 1897 and promoted admiral in 1903. He died in 1910.
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reference to Who was who 1897-1916, A & C Black Limited, London (1920) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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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