- MS 1366/3/1-8;D Letters (8) to Mrs Rhodes, 20 October 1901 to 15 November 1903 [Written to her in Christchurch New Zealand by members of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904] 21 leaves, holograph
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- Dates of Creation20 October 1901- 15 November 1903
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- Physical DescriptionCirca 8 letters
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Administrative / Biographical History
The British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) undertook the first extensive exploration on land in Antarctica. Funding came from the Government, the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society and private donations. The expedition set up base at McMurdo Sound. Sledging parties carried out recognisance and scientific programmes. Scott made the fist balloon ascent on the continent in 1902. A three-man sledge party consisting of Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Edward Wilson achieved a furthest south of 82°17'S on 30 December 1902. The expedition ship, Discovery, commissioned and built especially for the expedition was beset in McMurdo Sound from 1902-1904.
Members of the expedition sent letters to Mrs Rhodes giving details of events.
Alphabetical by sender.