Abbott, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 599/22/1-3;D Letters (3) to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, 1913 to 1916 [Asks if Cherry-Garrard might visit him in the country where he has been on advice of Dr Levick, news of various persons in the war, personal news and mention of Williamson and Lashly] 3 leaves, autograph
  • MS 1570/1-2;D Letters (2) to Harry Dunstan, 5 February 1911 and a postcard from Tenerife, 20 January 1909 [Written on board Terra Nova at sea, general description of events, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913]

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island. Extensive scientific investigations and exploration was conducted along the coast of Victoria Land and on the Ross Ice Shelf. A party led by Griffith Taylor spent three months exploring the western mountains and this work was continued after the departure of the polar party in 1911.

A northern party led by Victor Campbell and comprising of Raymond Priestley (geologist and meteorologist), George Levick (surgeon, zoologist, photographer), Abbot and Frank Browning (both petty officers) and Harry Dickason (seaman) established a base at Cape Adare from where they conducted scientific programmes. After moving camp the party were forced to spend the winter of 1912 in ice caves before walking back to the Cape Evans camp.

The first cin documentary film of an Antarctic expedition, 90° South was made during the expedition. After successfully reaching the South Pole on 17 January 1912 Scott and his companions (Henry Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Oates and Edward Wilson) perished during the return journey.

The correspondence relates to the events and personnel of this expedition.



Related Material

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which covers this expedition. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.

The Institute holds over a hundred archival collections containing material relating to this expedition, including collections for all the members of the northern party, see SPRI collection GB 015 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 for more information.