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Franklin, John and Franklin, Jane (2011) Franklin Papers Index: Royal Society Collection. Royal Society of Tasmania, University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection, Australia. (Unpublished)

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See George Mackaness, Some private correspondence of Sir John and Lady Jane Franklin (Tasmania 1837 - 1845), Sydney (1947) for published transcripts of these papers, although Mackaness omitted parts, particularly of Lady Franklin's letters. These papers, and other Franklin papers, were owned by Willingham Franklin Rawnsley, a relative of Sir John Franklin, and used by him for his biography of Lady Franklin: Life, diaries and correspondence of Jane Lady Franklin 1792 - 1875, London (1923). The biography includes some quotations from letters and diaries but not complete transcripts. After the book was published he presented some papers relating to Tasmania to the Royal Society of Tasmania (some other papers were given to the National Library, Canberra). Many of the papers are only copies (some with omissions). not original, as. according to Rawnsley, after Lady Franklin's death her niece and companion. Sophia Cracroft. selected some papers for publication and had illegible ones copied or extracted and the originals were destroyed. The copies or extracts have been corrected and edited. Sir John Franklin (1786-1847) was Governor of Tasmania from 1837 until 1843. He is also remembered as a naval officer and arctic explorer. He was knighted for his second arctic exploration of 1824 - 1828 but died on an expedition to find the North-West Passage in 1847. He married Jane Griffin (1791-1875) in 1828, his first wife Eleanor having died leaving one child Eleanor. Jane Lady Franklin was interested in education and the arts and endeavoured to establish in Tasmania a college (Christ College), girls school and museum and art gallery. She was also interested in Elizabeth Fry's work to reform women convicts. A few other Franklin papers, from other sources. are also held by the Royal Society (RS17, RS18). Other papers are in the Scott Polar Research Institute. England (microfilm copies in the State Archives Office of Tasmania). the National Library, Canberra. the British Museum, and the Gell Papers, Derbyshire, England. RS 16

Item Type: Other
Keywords: Tasmania, Royal Society of Tasmania, science, natural science, social history, Australia, indexes, University of Tasmania, Library, private deposits, archives, Collections, catalogue, Special, Van Diemen's Land,
Publisher: Royal Society of Tasmania, University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection
Additional Information: RS.16
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2011 02:36
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:19
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/11161
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