The collection comprises of material relating to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott).
Frank Plumley collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Frank Plumley
- Dates of Creation1901-1903
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material (1 volume)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Frank Plumley was born in Clevedon, Somerset on 5 May 1875. After attending the local school, he served an apprenticeship as a blacksmith and wheelwright before enlisting in the Royal Navy. He joined the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott), as a stoker, proving useful in building and repairing the expedition's sledges and hardware. He took part in several sledging journeys, including the attempt on Cape Crozier in March 1902, and in October 1903 was a member of the party led by Scott to explore further the routes in the western mountains. Plumley remained in the Royal Navy until his retirement and died on 8 February 1971.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to The Polar Record, (September 1971) volume 15 number 99 p937 and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 and Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7)
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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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