North Georgia Gazette collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of the original handwritten editions of the newspaper.

Administrative / Biographical History

The North Georgia Gazette or Winter Chronicle, later published as The North Georgia Gazette and Winter Chronicle, was edited by the astronomer Edward Sabine on board HMS Hecla during the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1819-1820 (leader William Edward Parry), which was wintering at Winter Harbour, Melville Island in the Canadian Arctic. Ten of the nineteen officers on the expedition accounted for all of the one hundred and thirty contributions to the twenty-one numbers of the newspaper, which was launched in November 1819 and concluded in March 1820. John Murray publishers subsequently published it on the expeditions return in 1822.


The material is arranged as deposited at the Institute.

Access Information

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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 The North Georgia Gazette and Winter Chronicle edited by (Sir) Edward Sabine, John Murray, London (1822) SPRI Library Shelf (41)91(08)[1819-1820 Parry] and 'The poetry of The New Georgia Gazette or Winter Chronicle 1819-1820' by Ian S MacLaren in Canadian Poetry number 30 Spring/Summer 1992 SPRI Library Shelf 91(08)(3)[1819-1820 Parry] and Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland Garland Publishing, London (1994) ISBN number 0824076486 and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills San Diego and Oxford, 2003

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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The paper was later published by John Murray (London 1822)