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    telescope used by CR Ford as a member of Scott's First Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904 (descriptive name)
  • Description
    Telescope with wooden stand, circa 1900
    Used by the late C Reginald Ford as a member of Scott's First Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904
    metal telescope with leather cover; metal lens cap; wooden stand
    markings: owner's name engraved: "C. Reginald Ford. R.N."
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telescope, C Reginald Ford, Scott's First Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 [1978.68.1] side view
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1978.68.1
  • Notes
    telescope used by the late C Reginald Ford as a member of Scott's First Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904

    Born in London Charles Reginald Ford (1880-1972) joined the Royal Navy at an early age and served on several vessels. In 1901 he volunteered to join the Royal Geographic Society Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott, serving as a steward and assistant to Captain Scott. Following his return to England he travelled around Britain, Canada and Australia delivering lectures about the expedition, and in late 1905 was brought to New Zealand by JC Williamson to deliver lantern slide lectures here. He decided to stay, initially living in Christchurch where he married, and studied architecture. In 1923 he moved to Auckland and formed a partnership with WH Gummer. Their firm Gummer and Ford, played a prominent role in Auckland architectre for many years. Ford also had a close relationship with the Auckland Museum, being appointed as Honorary Curator of English ceramics.

    In 1908 he published 'Antarctica: leaves from a diary kept on board an exploring vessel'. Christchurch: Whitcombe and Tombs. He also gave public lectures

    For more information about CR Ford, see: Peter Lowe. 'Ford, Charles Reginald', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 24-Sep-2013
  • Event
    Jul 1901-Sep 1904
    Scott's First Expedition to Antarctica
  • Person
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    1 January 1901 to 31 December 1904
  • Subject category
  • Culture
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  • Production
    not known (optical/manufacturer)
    [United Kingdom]Europe
    [United Kingdom]Europe
    Pre 1900
    Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901), English reign
  • Consists of
    0 - Whole › unknown
    telescope: metal with leather covering cap: metal stand: wooden
  • Dimensions
    (.1: 437mm x 37mm (l x diam) .2: 19mm x 43mm (h x diam) .3: 47mm x 253mm x 72mm (h x l x d))
  • Classification
    Chenhall Nomenclature (Nomenclature)
    › 05 Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology (Category)
    › Optical T&E (Classification)
    › Telescope (Primary Term)
  • Classification Documents
    Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging (Primary Title)
    A Revised and Expanded Version of Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects. (Other Title)
    Robert Chenhall
    Nashville/Tennessee/USA  (Place of Publication)  (nomenclature)
  • Record created
    10 October 2005

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