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WATKINS, Henry George 'Gino' (1907-1932)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 HGW
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: WATKINS, Henry George 'Gino' (1907-1932)
Date(s): 1921-1995
Level of description: collection
Extent: 3 files
Name of creator(s): Watkins | Henry George | 1907-1932 | Arctic explorer x Watkins | Gino


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1907; educated Lancing College, Cambridge University; expedition to Edge Island (Edg°ya), 1927; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1927-1932; RGS Cuthbert Peek Grant, 1928; expedition to Labrador, 1928-1929; British Arctic air route expedition, 1930-1931; RGS Founder's Medal, 1932; expedition to Greenland, 1932, where he died.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Henry George 'Gino' Watkins, 1921-1995, including notebooks containing astronomical observations, Labrador, 1928; press cuttings, transcript articles, copies of Royal Geographical Society correspondence with The Times and reports concerning Watkins and the British Arctic Air Route Expedition, 1930; papers relating to a commemorative plaque in Dumbleton Church and plans of 'Gino's lost kayak' by C Ranshaw and J Brand, 1964.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:


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 Archivist's discretion and subject to completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without the permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Handlist available in the RGS reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Chiefly unknown. Papers relating to the commemorative plaque were given by the family, 1989.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RGS Correspondence Blocks 1921-1930, 1931-1940, Watkins, H Gino.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by an archives volunteer using existing finding aids. Modified by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Obit.: The Geographical Journal, Vol. 80, No. 4 (Oct., 1932), pp. 273-280; Dictionary of National Biography.

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
6 December 2000; May 2008.

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