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British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909
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- ReferenceGB 15 British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909
- Dates of Creation1907-1909
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (5 volumes, 65 leaves, 4 maps)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton) sailed south on board Nimrod. A shore party of 15 set up base on the Antarctic continent; they discovered nearly 500km of the Transantarctic Mountains flanking the Ross Ice Shelf. A party climbed Mount Erebus (3794 m), Ross Island. A southern party consisting of Shackleton, Jameson Adams, Eric Marshall and Frank Wild found a route up the Beardmore Glacier and sledged to within 180km of the pole.
A second party sledged to he region of the South Magnetic pole and exploration of the area around the Ferrar Glacier was also conducted.
Expedition members, Ernest Henry Shackleton (leader), Tannant William Edgeworth David (director of scientific staff), J B Adams (meteorologist), Sir Philip Brocklehurst (assistant geologist), Bernard Day (motor expert), Ernest Joyce (in charge of dogs), Alistair Forbes Mackay (surgeon), Douglas Mawson (physicist), Bertram Armytage (in charge of ponies), Eric Stuart Marshall (surgeon), G E Marston (artist), J Murray (biologist), Raymond Priestley (geologist) W Roberts (cook), John Robert Francis [Frank] Wild (provisions)
Nimrod party, Rupert England (captain), John King Davis (chief officer/captain), Æeneas Mackintosh (2nd officer), Arthur Harboard (auxiliary 2nd officer), Harry Dunlop (chief engineer), W A R Michell (surgeon) Alfred Cheetham (boatswain), W D Ansell (steward), J Montague (cook), E Ellis, H Bull, S Riches, J Patton and W Williams (able seamen), G Bilsby (carpenter) and Frederick Evans (captain for second voyage to the Antarctic).
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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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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, The Heart of the Antarctic Ernest Henry Shackleton, Signet publications, 2000, SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1907-1909] and Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7)
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.
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Further accessions possible.
Heart of the Antarctic by Ernest Henry Shackleton recounts the expedition, copies are available at the Institutes Library (7)91(08)[1907-1909]