Franklin Papers Index: Royal Society Collection
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 (Unpublished)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,
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
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