DAVIS, John King
- Typed letter signed. Folded sheet with printed address `The British, Australian, New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition of 1929-30. S. Y. "Discovery', and dated `Cape Town. 9th October, 1929. Dear Mr Broinowski, I received on arrival in Cape Town the Maps you have so kindly prepared for us, and I should like to express my very great appreciation of all the trouble you have taken in connection with this part of our equipment. I hope that when we come back, we shall have added something to the charts you have provided us with, but in any case, I feel that we are leaving with better equipment of this kind than I have had previously. With many thanks. Yours faithfully [and signed in ink] John K Davis Master "Discovery"'. Offered with an original Frank Hurley photograph (15x20cms) of the ship, apparently taken from somewhere on the bowsprit, signed lower right `John K Davis'
The veteran John King Davis was appointed Captain of "Discovery", Scott's old ship, and second-in-command to Mawson, on the BANARE expedition of 1929-31. The irrepressible Hurley sailed from England with Davis, who, in spite of his reputation for dourness, has signed Hurley's photograph, and written a gracious letter of thanks to Broinowski. See Alasdair McGregor's Frank Hurley, A Photographer's Life, pp302-3, for Hurley's description of his taking these spectacular shots
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