5 Original Hurley Photographs of the 1929-1930 BANZARE Expedition & an Abstract of the "Discovery" meteorological log in John King Davis' hand.
Book Id: 6100
This small collection was most likely to have been once in the possession of either Frank Hurley or John King Davis, both of whom were intimately involved in the BANZARE expedition of 1929-30, from which this collection derives. Hurley was the photographer on this voyage - it was his third trip, having photographed first for Mawson, and later for Shackleton on his fateful "Endurance" expedition. Davis was the captain of the ship "Discovery" in 1929-30, and had previously captained Shackleton's "Nimrod" 1907-9 & Mawson's "Aurora" 1911-14. The collection includes five unsigned Hurley photographs of the ship "Discovery", 18.5 x 23.5 cms. These include the fore deck and riggings; the "Discovery" being tugged out of harbor, a front view; another of the "Discovery" in harbor, a side-rear view; a view of the forward deck & rigging; a view of three officers on deck in naval dress, one of whom appears to be Davis. The meteorological log has a label reading "Abstract of Meteorological Log --- Kept on board "Discovery" at Heard Island and Kerguelen Island between November 12th and December 3rd, 1929, and between February 8th and March 2nd 1930", with a Department of Defence stamp, Hydrographic Branch, signed and dated 30.10.3? (2nd number of year is unclear). The pages are hinged together randomly, and appear to be in Davis' handwriting. We would hazard a guess that these were log sheets released to Davis as a personal memento of the voyage.