The collection comprises of correspondence by Lillie regarding the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott).
Dennis Lillie collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Dennis Lillie
- Dates of Creation1911-1918
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (24 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Dennis Gascoigne Lillie was born in 1884. He was educated at Cambridge University and served as biologist on Terra Nova during the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott). He was mainly concerned with collecting marine specimens and was also responsible for the expedition's official report on this subject. He made a number of penetrating caricatures of the expedition members while on board ship, some of which were later redrawn by Edward Adrian Wilson for the expedition newspaper The South Polar Times. He was awarded the Polar Medal.
After the expedition, he spent some time studying whales off New Zealand. During the First World War, he became involved in medical research, but had a mental breakdown in 1919 from which he never recovered. He died in 1963.
The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to British polar exploration and research, a historical and medallic record with biographies 1818-1999 by Lieutenant Colonel Neville W. Poulsom and Rear Admiral John A.L. Myres, Savannah Publications London (2000) SPRI Library Shelf 737.2 and The kindly fruits of the earth, recollections of an ecologist by George Evelyn Hutchinson, Yale University Press, New Haven (1979) SPRI Library Shelf 92 [Hutchinson, G.E.] and National Portrait Gallery and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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
Other Finding Aids
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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