The collection comprises of correspondence by Masson to the geographer and meteorologist Hugh Robert Mill. This correspondence includes mention of the British Relief Expedition, 1917 to the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition [Ross Sea Party], 1914-1917.
David Orme Masson collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 David Orme Masson
- Dates of Creation1911-1922
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (8 leaves)
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Administrative / Biographical History
David Orme Masson was born in 1858 in London. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a doctorate in 1884, and Gttingen. In 1880 he was appointed lecturer in chemistry at University College, Bristol, returning to Edinburgh in 1882 to a research fellowship in chemistry. In 1886 he was appointed professor of chemistry at the University of Melbourne, holding the chair until his retirement in 1923.
He played a crucial role in modernising and raising the status and quality of science at the University of Melbourne. Between 1911 and 1913, he served as president of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, and from 1916 to 1920 as inaugural chairman of the Advisory Council for Science and Industry. He co-founded (with Tannatt William Edgeworth David) the Australian National Research Council and the Australian Chemical Institute.
He actively assisted the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 (leader Douglas Mawson) and he was chairman of the committee responsible for the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition, 1929-1931 (leader Sir Douglas Mawson). Masson was knighted in 1923 and died on 10 August 1937 in Melbourne.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 and Dictionary of National Biography, 1931-1940, Oxford University Press, London (1950) and University of Melbourne
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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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