The collection comprises of correspondence by Cotton to Rupert England regarding the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton).
Leo Cotton collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Leo Cotton
- Dates of Creation1908
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (12 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Leo Arthur Cotton was born on 11 November 1883 at Nymagee, New South Wales, Australia. He was educated at Fort Street School and Sydney University. He joined the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909 (leader Ernest Henry Shackleton), assisting with the preliminary work of the expedition before departing for New Zealand in Nimrod on 22 February 1908.
On his return, he joined the staff of the University of Sydney and, in 1925, succeeded Tannatt Edgeworth David as professor of geology and physical geography, a post he held until 1948. He died on 12 July 1963.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 Shackleton's Lieutenant; the Nimrod Diary of A.L.A. Mackintosh, British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 edited by Stanley Newman, Polar Publications Ltd (1990) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1907-1909 Shackleton] and asap
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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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