Book Description

Taken by W. G Thomas, Radio Operator, during the Falklands Islands Dependency Survey expedition to Base F. (Faraday.) ‘Bill’ Thomas overwintered once and these images record his stay. Over eighty are of the camp and mainland and show Wordie House, unloading stores, the workshop, sealing and sledging expeditions, the wireless room, theodolite hut, husky pens and more. The base was only established on January 7th 1947 so these are some of the earliest images of Wordie House. It is on Marina Point, Galindez Island, Argentine Islands and was a centre for the study of geophysics and meteorology. There are 175 images in total, 65 with captions on the back and the rest uncaptioned. There are several of their ship, the MV John Biscoe, one ‘approaching base on her arrival Feb 1949.’ There are also images of various points enroute – Montevideo (3), Deception Island (7), the Falklands, etc. One is of Cape Tuxen; one shows the USS Port of Beaumont carrying the 1948 Finn Ronne Antarctic Survey, mapping the Weddell Sea Coastline. The USS Icebreaker Burton Island also features. There is one of Port Lockroy Base A 1949, the first British base established on Antarctica, as part of the secret Operation Tabarin in 1944. There is one of a camp at Admiralty Bay, South Shetland and the old British Base G. One is of Robbie Slessor lecturing. Slessor arrived in the Falklands in 1946, worked under Bingham and Fuchs and earned the Polar Medal; see the Falklands Biography. Meteorologist Edward (Ted) Gutteridge, seen here, also features in the Falklands Biography.
Dealer Notes
Early, unpublished images of Antartica are uncommon; this is an excellent collection and research tool. NOTE: The captions in the last three images here do not relate to the photographs in the first three images.
Author William G Thomas
Date 1948
Binding Loose black and white images, 85mm x 60mm approx.
Publisher n/a
Condition Excellent
Pages 175

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