Rowett, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 1591/1/4/1-3;D Letters (3), 21 to 30 December 1922, holograph
  • MS 1591/1/4/4-13;D Letters (10), 1 to 31 January 1923, holograph
  • MS 1591/1/4/14-29;D Letters (16), 4 to 23 February 1923, holograph
  • MS 1591/1/4/30-42;D Letters (12), 1 to 29 March 1923, holograph
  • MS 1591/1/4/43-52;D Letters (10), 3 to 28 April 1923, holograph
  • MS 1591/1/4/53-59;D Letters (7), 3 to 31 May 1923, holograph
  • MS 1591/1/4/60-65;D Letters (6), 1 to 30 June 1923, holograph
  • Ms 1591/1/4/66-69;D Letters (4), 15, to 22 July 1923, holograph
  • MS 1591/1/4/70-71;D Letters (2), undated, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922 (leader Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton) was to sail along previously unvisited stretches of the Antarctic continent. Quest arrived in South Georgia in January 1922 where Shackleton died on 5 January. The expedition continued under John Robert Francis [Frank] Wild's command visiting the South Shetland Islands, Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha. The expedition proved the non-existence of New South Greenland. Shackleton was buried in the whalers' graveyard at Grytviken, South Georgia.

John Robert Francis [Frank] Wild wrote Shackleton's last voyage, the story of the Quest an account of the expedition.

The correspondence (all to Alexander Hepburne Macklin) relates to the book.



Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to this expedition, including material for Julies husband John Quiller Rowett. See SPRI collection GB 015 Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, 1921-1922, for more information.


John Robert Francis Wild Shackleton's last voyage, the story of the Quest, published by Cassell and Co. Ltd, London 1923. SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1921-1922 Shackleton]