The collection comprises of correspondence by Kinsey primarily regarding the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) with some mention of the British Relief Expeditions, 1902-1903 and 1903-1904 (Sent to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904) and the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1912 (leader Roald Amundsen).
Sir Joseph Kinsey collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Sir Joseph Kinsey
- Dates of Creation1902-1913
- Name of Creator
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (1 microfilm, circa 210 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Joseph James Kinsey was born in Kent, England in 1852. He taught in England before emigrating in 1880 to Christchurch, New Zealand, where he founded the shipping firm of Kinsey and Company. Between 1, he then became commissioner for Canterbury at the South Seas Exhibition in Dunedin between 1889 and 1890, after which he was Belgian Consul in 1898.
Deeply interested in Antarctic exploration, he acted as New Zealand agent for a number of expeditions to the Antarctic between 1903 and 1914, including the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) and the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton). Kinsey was knighted in 1917. He died in 1936.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to National Library of New Zealand and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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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