Davis, British Relief Expedition, 1917

Scope and Content

  • MS 586/2;D Record, 11 January 1917 [Left at Cape Evans, pinned on the dark-room door 'Left Cape Evans on 12 January 1917 all well', reports relief of surviving members of the expedition, envelope is labelled 'To whoever may next visit Cape Evans, record Aurora, 12 January 1917'. Found at Cape Evans by the Huts Restoration Party of the New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Antarctic Division, January 1961] 1 leaf, autographed typescript
  • MS 100/138;D Report, 17 January 1917 [On the Circumstances regarding the loss of Captain Mackintosh and V.G. Hayward on 8 May 1916, including report by Ernest Joyce on steps taken to trace their remains] 4 leaves, typescript
  • MS 1598/1-2;D Report, 1918 [Proceedings of the Aurora relief expedition 1916-1917 presented to both houses of parliament plus copy including final report] 18 leaves, typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

This expedition was sent to rescue the members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition [Ross Sea Party], 1914-1917 who had remained on Antarctica when the ship Aurora was driven from her moorings in a blizzard. Three men including ship's captain &198;neas Lionel Acton Mackintosh died before the party was relieved, seven were rescued. Davis led the relief expedition which sailed from Port Chalmers with Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton accompanied the voyage.



Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections relating to the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, [Ross Sea Party], 1914-1917 (Captains Mackintosh and Stenhouse), including extensive collections for Joseph Russell Stenhouse.

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