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TERRY, Michael (1899-1981)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 MTE
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: TERRY, Michael (1899-1981)
Date(s): 1921-1950
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: One box, three files
Name of creator(s): Terry | Michael | 1899-1981 | inland explorer, journalist and broadcaster


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born at Gateshead, Durham, England, 1899; during the First World War he served with No 2 Squadron of the RNAS Armoured Cars in Russia; captured by Bolsheviks at Kursk in Russia, 1917; Petty Officer in Comdr Locker Lampson's Armoured Division, c 1917-1918; arrived in Australia, 1918; led 14 inland expeditions (using both automobiles and camels) in central, northern and Western Australia, 1923-1938, mainly for mining companies; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1924-1981; Australian Government service, 1939-1946; [farming, 1946-1981]; died, 1981.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Michael Terry, 1921-1950, including observations and lists of collections made during an expedition to Central West Australia, 1932-1933, used as appendices to an article by Terry, 'Explorations near the Border of Western Australia', published in The Geographical Journal, Vol. 84, No. 6 (Dec, 1934), pp. 498-510; observations from Central Australia, 1928; and geological map with notes.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

Conditions governing access:

Accessible 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 completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without the permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Hand list available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

[Received from the family, late 1980s].

Allied Materials

Related material:

RGS Correspondence Blocks, 1921-1930, 1931-1940, 1941-1950, Terry, Michael. Annual Awards correspondence, 1921-1930 (1923).

Terry's diaries, logbooks, maps and photographs are at the National Library of Australia; field journals are at the South Australia Museum, Adelaide. Photographs from the Michael Terry exhibition 'Australian walkabout' are available online

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Archives Volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
21 February 2001; May 2008.

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