Clarence Howard Hare collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of material relating to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) and correspondence by Hare.

Administrative / Biographical History

Clarence Howard Hare was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, on 2 December 1880. He was educated at East Christchurch School, after which he worked as a clerk in New Zealand and Fiji. It was while working as a clerk in Lyttelton that he was recruited as assistant steward on the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott). He took part in the sledging programme, including an attempt on Cape Crozier in March 1902. His one-year engagement terminated, he joined the relief ship Morning in March 1903, returning to Lyttelton, and went on to England in Discovery a year later.

On his return to New Zealand in 1904, he took various jobs on sheep and cattle farms before returning to office work in Christchurch. He became a professional piano tuner and repairer, working in the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne, and he retired in 1957. He died in Australia on 31 May 1967.


The collection is split into two sub-fonds, covering expedition material and correspondence respectively.

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


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 Antarctic (September 1967) volume 4 number 11 p579-580 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John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) (Cambridge University Press 1989) ISBN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

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.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying material by photography, electrostat, or scanning device by readers is prohibited. The Institute may be able to provide copies of some documents on request for lodgement in publicly available repositories. This is subject to conservation requirements, copyright law, and payment of fees.

Copyright restrictions apply to most material. The copyright may lie outside the Institute and, if so, it is necessary for the reader to seek appropriate permission to consult, copy, or publish any such material. (The Institute does not seek this permission on behalf of readers). Written permission to publish material subject to the Institute's copyright must be obtained from the Director. Details of conditions and fees may be had from the Archivist.


Further accessions possible.

Related Material

See SPRI collection Leslie Quartermain (MS 671/13 Letters (2) to Reginald Pound, 1965)