Benson, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 1568/1/2;D Letter to Mrs Mennell, 30 May 1913 [Commenting on Raymond Priestley's character] 2 leaves

Administrative / Biographical History

Raymond Edward Priestley was born in 1886. He joined the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton) as a geologist. In 1910, he joined the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott), as geologist to the Northern Party. This group left Cape Evans on 5 January 1911 to carry out the exploration of the coast west and south of Cape Adare. Priestley and five companions wintered in a snow cave on Inexpressible Island on very few rations. On 30 September 1912 they set out on the 200-mile sledge journey to Cape Evans, arriving there on 7 November. He died on 24 June 1972.



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The Institute holds an archival collection for Raymond Priestley