Worsley, Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 1613/4/1;D Contract of employment of Frank A. Worsley to join the Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922, 16 September 1921, holograph, autograph
  • MS 737/1;MJ Journal, 1921 to 1922 [Also contains description of journey to Elephant Island in 1916 and notes on Spitsbergen] microfilm
  • MS 737/2;MJ Log book, 24 September 1921 to 10 June 1922 [On board Quest] microfilm
  • MS 264;MSM Map,[Gough Island] 1 sheet
  • MS 330/5;MSM Map, 1922 [Gough Island showing names an anchorages] 1 sheet
  • MS 258/11;MSM Chart, 1922 [South Georgia, soundings on board Quest] 1 sheet
  • MS 1591/7/1;D Hydrographic report, undated [On reverse of page one of the report is a humorous hand written account about the difference between scientists and sailors] 9 leaves, typescript, with annotations
  • MS 1591/7/2;D Hydrographic report, undated, 6 leaves, typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

The Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922 (leader Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton) was to sail along previously unvisited stretches of the Antarctic continent. Quest arrived in South Georgia in January 1922 where Shackleton died on 5 January. The expedition continued under John Robert Francis [Frank] Wild's command visiting the South Shetland Islands, Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha. The expedition proved the non-existence of New South Greenland. Shackleton was buried in the whalers' graveyard at Grytviken, South Georgia.



Alternative Form Available

MS 737/1;MJ, MS 737/2;MJ, MS 264;MSM are copies

Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition, see SPRI collection GB 015 Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922 for more information

Location of Originals

MS 737/1;MJ and MS 737/2;MJ Mitchell Library part of the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, MS 264;MSM Admiralty Hydrographic Department (1982)

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