Leslie Bowden Quartermain

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Leslie Bowden Quartermain was born in Hororata on 10 June 1895. He taught for eight years at Christchurch Boys' High School before becoming head of the English department at Wellington College in 1930, a post held until 1956. Contacts with Antarctic expedition ships passing through New Zealand ports inspired him and several colleagues to found the New Zealand Antarctic Society, which for many years helped to develop and publicise Antarctic interest in New Zealand. In 1950 the New Zealand Antarctic Society began to publish Antarctic News with Quartermain as editor. His eighteen years in this post brought him into touch with innumerable Antarctic explorers ranging from veterans of the heroic era to the newest recruits to the polar scene. He visited Antarctica on three occasions, on his second foray from 1960 to 1961, he went as leader of a team to restore Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds and Scott's hut at Cape Evans.

In 1959, having retired from teaching, Quartermain joined the newly established Antarctic Division of the New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research as Information Officer, a post that gave him opportunities for historical research and writing. He at once began work on chronicling the history of the Ross Dependency. In 1967, he was awarded the MBE for his outstanding contribution on Antarctic affairs. He died in Wellington, New Zealand on 28 April 1973.

Published works, Antarctica's Forgotten Men by Leslie B. Quartermain, Millwood Press, Wellington (1981) ISBN 0-908582-52-8 SPRI Library Shelf 92(08)[1981] South to the Pole, the early history of the Ross Sea sector, Antarctica by Leslie B. Quartermain, Oxford University Press London (1967) SPRI Library Shelf (76)91(091) New Zealand and the Antarctic by Leslie B. Quartermain, Government Printer, Wellington (1971) SPRI Library Shelf (76)91(091)

From the guide to the Leslie Quartermain collection, 1961-1974, (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)

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creatorOf Leslie Quartermain collection, 1961-1974 Scott Polar Research Institute
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associatedWith Atkinson Edward Leicester 1882-1929 person
associatedWith Bruce William Speirs 1867-1921 person
associatedWith Campbell Victor L A 1875-1956 person
associatedWith Cheetham Alfred person
associatedWith Colbeck William 1871-1930 person
associatedWith David Tannatt William Edgeworth 1858-1934 person
associatedWith Lashly William 1867-1940 person
associatedWith Quartermain Leslie Bowden 1895-1973 person
associatedWith Royds Charles William Rawson 1876-1931 person
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