William Lamond Allardyce collection

Scope and Content

The collection is split into two sub-fonds, Allardyce's time as Governor of the Falkland Islands and personal correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Lamond Allardyce was born in India in 1861. He entered Oxford Military College in Scotland at sixteen and began his career as a Colonial Service cadet in Fiji. He became Governor of the Falkland Islands in 1904. His eleven-year term as Governor of the Falkland Islands (1904 - 1915) covered an exciting period, which included the advent of modern whaling, the establishment of the Falkland Island Dependencies, the introduction of wireless communication in the Antarctic, and the great naval battle of the Falkland Islands (1914). His most enduring contribution to the Antarctic, however, was his pioneering effort to conserve the Antarctic whale stocks by stringent controls of the whaling industry, including the introduction of new regulations that prohibited the killing of whale calves and mothers with calves.

After his service in the Falkland Islands, Allardyce was appointed Governor of the Bahamas (1915 - 1920), then was appointed Governor of Tasmania (1920 - 1922) and finally Governor of Newfoundland (1922 - 1928). He died on 9 June 1930.

Access Information



Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance of R. Stancombe and reference to Polar Record, 1980 (volume 20 number 124 p39 - 42) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) (Cambridge University Press 1989) ISBN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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Further accessions possible

Related Material

  • MS 367/7/1;D See also MS 367/7/2;D Copy of letter from Sir Ernest Shackleton , 6 March 1914 concerning the Fur Seal rookeries of the Falkland Islands and MS 367/7/3;D Copy of letter from Allardyce to Sir Ernest Shackleton, 8 March 1914.which were originally enclosed.

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