Dickason, British Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 1065;MJ Diary, 1 May to 28 October 1912 [Kept as part of the Northern party] microfilm

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island. Extensive scientific investigations and exploration was conducted along the coast of Victoria Land and on the Ross Ice Shelf. A second group led by Griffith Taylor spent three months exploring the western mountains and this work was continued after the departure of the polar party in 1911. A northern party led by Victor Campbell established a base at Cape Adare from where they conducted scientific programmes. Dickason was a member of this party. After moving camp the party were forced to spend the winter of 1912 in ice caves before walking back to the Cape Evans camp. The first cin documentary film of an Antarctic expedition, 90° South was made during the expedition. After successfully reaching the South Pole on 17 January 1912 Scott and his four companions (Henry Robertson Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Edward Grace Oates and Edward Adrian Wilson) perished during the return journey.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Related Material

See SPRI collection GB 15 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 for a fuller list of archival collections held by the Institute containing material relating to this expedition.