The Quest 100 Year Anniversary

By Philip Van Dueren in collaboration with Dr Jan Chojecki, grandson of John Quiller Rowett and author of the Quest Chronicle http://www.questchronicle.org.uk which provides a day by day account of the Shackleton-Rowett (Quest) Expedition 1921-1922. Images kindly...
The Quest: 100 Years on

The Quest: 100 Years on

By Philip Van Dueren With the 100-year anniversary of the departure of the Quest upon us soon, I have just completed Wilkins’ diary transcriptions for the whole expedition (his part being from 17 September 1921 until arrival in Plymouth on 15 September 1922). He...

Sue Hilliard’s Story

The Wilkins Foundation sometimes unearths wonderful stories. Here is something a new volunteer sent us about her father, Alan Parker, who was the Officer in Charge at Davis Base, Antarctica, in the year Sir Hubert Wilkins’s records were relocated in 1977. Sue is in...

The use of ‘one’ in Wilkins’s writing

By Robert Bloomfield. We all behave according to the conventions of our age and in this respect Wilkins was no exception. As an editor, I am interested in his writing style, and last week the question of the use of ‘one’ raised its interesting profile.   Wilkins used...

Diary Transcriptions

Philip van Dueren: Last April I contacted the Foundation offering to assist in the transcription of Wilkins’ diaries. I was an underemployed travel agent suddenly with a lot of extra time on my hands and as a bit of a polar nut had read several books featuring...