The collection comprises of correspondence by Sir George Newnes.
Sir George Newnes collection
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 15 Sir George Newnes
- Dates of Creation1899-1901
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
George Newnes was born on 13 March 1851, the son of a Matlock Congregational minister. He was educated at Silcoates School in Yorkshire and the City of London School. Launching his first publication Tit-Bits in 1881, he founded The Strand Magazine in 1891, which quickly became prominent for its serialisations and short stories by authors as diverse as Arthur Conan Doyle, P.G. Wodehouse and H.G. Wells. In 1893, Newnes launched a daily Liberal newspaper The Westminster Gazette, serving as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Newmarket between 1885 and 1895, and Swansea between 1900 and 1910. In 1896, Newnes met Carsten Egeberg Borchgrevink in London, and two years later gave financial backing to Borchgrevink for his British Antarctic Expedition, 1898-1900. He was knighted in 1895 and died on 9 June 1910.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to That first Antarctic Winter by Janet Crawford, South Latitude Research Ltd, Christchurch (1998) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1898-1900] and Polar portraits, collected papers by A.G.E. Jones, Caedmon of Whitby (1992) SPRI Library Shelf (2)91(091) and Who was who, 1897-1916, A & C Black Limited London (1920) and The Strand Magazine and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events,(1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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
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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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