The collection comprises of material relating to the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 (Senior commander Charles Wilkes)
Edward Gilchrist collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Edward Gilchrist
- Dates of Creation1838-1840
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionExpedition material
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Edward Gilchrist joined the Navy in 1832 and took part in the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 (Senior commander Charles Wilkes). He served as acting surgeon on board the sloop of war Vincennes from December 1839 to February 1840, he also served onboard Relief, the store ship for the expedition. The expedition was commissioned on a world voyage of hydrography and exploration that included forays into the Southern Ocean. The expedition was the first to delineate a substantial length of Antarctic coastline, enough to establish that immediately behind lay a landmass of continental size. Gilchrist did not serve for the entire expedition. In the 1850s he became fleet surgeon and prior to his death in 1869 was Inspector of Hospitals.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Voyage to the Southern Ocean, letters of Lieutenant William Reynolds ed. A Hoffman Cleaner and E Jeffrey Stam, Tri-Service Press, Shrewsbury (1998) ISBN 0870213008 SPRI library (7) 91(08) [1838-1842] and Magnificent Voyagers H J Violan and C Margolis, Smithsonian Institute, Press, Washington (1985) SPRI library (7) 91 (08) and Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events,(1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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
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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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