Hare, British National Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 753;BJ Diary, December 1901 to March 1903 [Discovery's first winter in the Antarctic] 1 volume, autograph, photocopy

Administrative / Biographical History

The British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) undertook the first extensive exploration on land in Antarctica. Funding came from the Government, the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society and private donations. The expedition set up base at McMurdo Sound from where sledging parties carried out recognisance and scientific programmes. Scott made the fist balloon ascent on the continent in 1902. A three-man sledge party consisting of Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Edward Wilson achieved a furthest south of 82°17'S on 30 December 1902. The expedition ship, Discovery, commissioned and built especially for the expedition was beset in McMurdo Sound from 1902-1904.

As a member of the expedition Hare took part in a sledging journey to Cape Crozier in 1902.



Alternative Form Available

This is a copy.

Related Material

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which covers this expedition. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.

The Institute holds over seventy archival collections containing material relating to this expedition, see GB 015 British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 for more information.

Location of Originals

The original diary is held in the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. See Hare, diary

Geographical Names