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NINNIS, Aubrey Howard (fl 1914-1917)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 AHN
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: NINNIS, Aubrey Howard (fl 1914-1917)
Date(s): 1914-1962
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Ninnis | Aubrey Howard | d 1956 | Antarctic explorer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Aubrey Howard Ninnis was commissioned as purser in SS AURORA on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916, he was intended for the shore party but stranded when the AURORA broke adrift. He was on the Aurora Relief Expedition, 1916-1917; he died in New Zealand in 1956.


Scope and content/abstract:

Journals, charts and other papers relating to A H Ninnis' commission as purser in SS AURORA on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916 and the Relief Expedition, 1916-1917.

The papers include diaries of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition, 23 Dec 1914-12 Feb 1917, with a single volume typescript summary of the diaries; notebook entitled 'The Log of Taroona Camp, H E Wild and A H N with the 26 and stores for dog teams' including notes of equipment and stores for the dog teams; list of the dogs' names and a journal headed 'RMS Ionic, Hobart, Ocean Quay', 31 Oct-24 Dec 1914; copies of letters from Ninnis including to Ernest Shackleton, 6 Jan-5 Feb 1920 and to John Lachlan Cope, 9 Jun 1920; press cuttings, 1919-1920; papers reviewing Antarctic exploration achieved and proposals for another expedition under J L Cope in TERRA NOVA, for 1923; printed prospectus of Cope's Antarctic expedition; Ninnis' certificate of discharge made out at Wellington, New Zealand, Feb 1917; three large charts titled 'Map of the Antarctic East Longitude 150-180 showing drift of SY Aurora', 1931 (the three are similar but two have small insets of landscape sketches); small chart entitled 'Map of the Bay of Whales', from a survey by Blackburn and Coman, Byrd Antarctic expedition, 1929-1930, with a second sketch map showing the route of Byrd's polar flight; three volumes of uncorrected typescript of High Latitude by J K Davis.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Accessed via the Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist,and subject to completing 'application for copies' form. No reproduction without the permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Hand list and card index.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed by Ninnis, 1956; typescripts of High Latitude were received in 1962.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Ninnis' photograph albums of the SS Aurora and Antarctic, 1914-1917 are in the Picture Library, (ref: G130 a and b).

Ninnis' zoological log and diary relating to the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (copies), 1915-1916 are held at Cambridge University: Scott Polar Research Institute (ref: MS 1590).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by an Archives volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: The biographical information was compiled using a Google search and is not authoritative.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G( ed. 2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions:
8 November 2001; 2008.

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