Thursby-Pelham, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 559/170;D Letter to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, [1915] [Regarding the emperor penguin specimens from the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 2 leaves, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence is in regard to the emperor penguin specimens obtained during the winter journey to the Cape Crozier rookery made by Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers and Apsley Cherry-Garrard during the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott). Richard Assheton began work on the specimens in Britain prior to his death in 1915 when they were returned to the British Museum (Natural History department). Cherry-Garrard had deposited them there on his return from the Antarctic.



Related Material

The Institute holds extensive archival collections for Apsley Cherry-Garrard.


For an account of the journey to collect the specimens see The worst journey in the world by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. There are several editions available at the Institute.