Edward Parry collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of a journal by Edward covering the three years leading up to his appointment to Durham University and biographical notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Parry was born on 14 January 1830 in Sydney, Australia, where his father, the Arctic explorer William Edward Parry, was serving as commissioner of the Australian Agricultural Company for New South Wales. He was educated at Rugby School and Balliol College, Oxford, graduating with a doctorate in 1870. After accepting a post as tutor at Durham University in 1853, he was ordained deacon in 1854 and priest in 1855, later serving as curate at Norham and Sonning.

In 1857, he was appointed domestic chaplain to the bishop of London, taking up an appointment as rector at Acton two years later. In 1863, Parry became rural dean of Ealing, serving until 1869 when he was appointed archdeacon and canon of Canterbury. In 1870, he was consecrated bishop-suffragan of Dover, resigning his commission in 1889 due to deteriorating health. He died on 11 April 1890. His biography of his father was published in 1857, and a memoir of his brother, Charles, was published in 1870.

Published work Memoirs of Rear-Admiral Sir W. Edward Parry, Ktd., F.R.S., etc., late Lieutenant-Governor of Greenwich Hospital by (Rev.) Edward Parry, Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, London (1860) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Parry, W.E.]


The collection is arranged as deposited at the Institute.

Access Information

By appointment.

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

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Dictionary of National Biography volume 43, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1895)

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

The Institute holds several archival collections for the Parry family.