Charles Hook collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Hook, including information on the New South Wales Sealing Voyage (From Port Jackson), 1810 (leader Frederick Hasselburg).

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1810, Robert Campbell, head of the Sydney merchant and shipping firm of Campbell and Co. was absent on a protracted visit to England and left Charles Hook in charge of the firm's interests in Australia. Hook, who was married to the sister of Robert Campbell's wife, was a recent arrival from India, where he had been a clerk and junior partner in the firm of Campbell's & Hook. His letter-book, kept between 14 May 1810 and 14 March 1815, contains a letter, dated 23 October 1810, reporting the discovery of Macquarie Island during the New South Wales sealing voyage (from Port Jackson [Sydney]), 1810 (leader Frederick Hasselburg).


The correspondence has been gathered together in 1 volume.

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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to The Polar Record (September 1964) volume 12 number 78 p312-313 and The spirit of Wharf House, Campbell enterprise from Calcutta to Canberra, 1788-1930 by Charles E.T. Newman, Angus and Robertson, Sydney (1961) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Campbell] and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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

Other Finding Aids

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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