- MS 1313;D Diary kept during expedition, 6 January to 26 October 1900, holograph (Xerox)
Melby, British Antarctic Expedition
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- Dates of Creation6 January to 26 October 1900
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- Language of MaterialNorwegian.
- Physical DescriptionDiary
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Administrative / Biographical History
The British Antarctic Expedition 1898-1900 (leader Carsten Egeberg Borchgrevink) visited the Balleny Islands and examined a large stretch of the Victoria Land coast making a landing at Cape Adare. A party of ten men wintered on the Antarctic mainland. When biologist Nicolai Hanson died there in 1899 he became the first to be buried on Antarctica. The expedition ship Southern Cross reached a furthest south of 78°21' in 1900 during her second voyage having wintered in New Zealand. Newnes Glacier, Victoria Land was named by Borchgrevink for George Newnes (newspaper proprietor) who funded much of the expedition.
Melby served on board Southern Cross.