Guide to the Papers of George W. Rayner


MS 6755

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Collection Summary

George W. Rayner
Papers of George W. Rayner
Date Range
1927-1936, 1949
Collection Number
MS 6755
0.15 metres (1 box)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record ( for the access conditions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of George W. Rayner, National Library of Australia, MS 6755, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Item Descriptions

Fisheries newsletter, February 1949 (File 1)

Envelope containing:

(a) Portion of a letter from GWR giving names of personnel on R.R.S. William Scoresby, 1931 during work in Peru on the Humbolt Current and a 4 month trawling survey around the Falkland Islands.

(b) Notes on the findings in the Peru current

(c) press cuttings

(d) extract from Nature

(e) letter from E. Rolfe Gunther to G.W.R. discussing work they had done together as co-scientists on William Scoresby 1931.

(f) 4 photographs of dolphins described in the letter

Book with descriptions of movies (File 1)

Copies of 4 Discovery reports written by G.W.R. (File 2)

Drafts of broadcasts and press statements by G.W.R. (File 2)

Diary of G.W.R., 1.12.1927 - 28.3.1929 (File 3)

During this period, 23-24 February 1928 the Governor of the Falklands, attended the first sports meeting ever held in the Antarctica, the opening of the rifle range and the unveiling of the Shackleton Memorial (press cuttings enclosed).

Diary of G.W.R. from 14.6.1929 to 19.4.1930. Sir Hubert Wilkins and his 2 monoplanes were abroad on this Commission. (File 4)

Copy of article by GWR for Natural history magazine. (File 4)

Press cuttings (File 4)

Two photocopies of maps of working stations of William Scoresby while whalemaking (File 4)

Booklet re Antarctica; Page 47 refers to Wilkins working from the Scoresby (File 4)

Diary of second cruise of the Petrel 26.12.1932 - 12.1.1933, a whale marking expedition by G.W.R. whilst attached to Discovery II (File 5)

Photo of Discovery II scientists, 1932 (File 5)

Press cuttings of Discovery II officers and scientists, 1932 (File 5)

Press cutting of work of Discovery II This was the first visit of Discovery II to Australia, at the time she was on her first circumpolar cruise which was the first winter circumpolar cruise ever undertaken. (File 5)

Diary of 4th commission of RRS William Scoresby from 16.10.1934 to 8.4.1935 (File 6)

Reprint from Nature v.144 of article by G.W.R. on results of whalemaking (File 6)

Press cuttings from London Times 17.10.1934 (File 6)

Press cutting from Nature 19.10.1935 (File 6)

Diary of 5th commission of RRS William Scoresby, 23.10.1935 to 2.4.1936. (File 7)

The original Christmas menu, signed by ship's officers. (File 7)

Draft of letters by GWR to Mr Harper o Colonial Office, London. (File 7)

Reprint from Geographical journal p. 196 mentions Bertha Island discovered by G.W.R. on 27.2.1936 and named after his wife Bertha. (File 7)