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Dependencies of the Falkland Islands

From 1908 until 1962 these consisted of South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands, South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands and Graham Land. On the 3rd of March 1962 the South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands and Graham Land became part of the newly defined British Antarctic Territory and on the 3rd of October 1985 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands were also grouped separately from the Falkland Islands. While the British Antarctic Territory is now administered from Britain, the Governor of the Falkland Islands is also the Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and the administration of these is based in Stanley.

Most records held relate to South Georgia. They concern whaling and sealing activity, the issue of licenses, and the civil administration established at King Edward Point in 1912 consisting of a magistrate, customs office, radio station, meteorological station and post office. From these offices activities at the various whaling stations around the Island were supervised. There was also a government naturalist stationed there together with the shore base and laboratories for the Discovery Expeditions.

For the other territories without permanent populations, relevant holdings consist of administrative records, mainly to do with whaling and sealing. A collection is also held of more recent miscellaneous material relating to the area such as the British Antarctic Survey Bulletin and scientific reports.

 

Government and Other Holdings Database

This database contains a listing of the government files & letter books and miscellaneous non-government files and documents held. For ease of use the records have been sorted into categories: ANTARCTIC, DEPENDENCIES, SOUTH GEORGIA and SOUTH GEORGIA & OTHER DEPENDENCIES and then into sub-categories. The records mainly cover the period post World War I to the late 1970s with some files as early as 1908 and some as late as the mid-1980s.

pdfDependencies - Government and Other Holdings Database.pdf(22 MB)

 

Reports Database

This database contains a listing of the government and non-government reports and publications held. For ease of use the records have been sorted into categories.

pdfDependencies - Reports Database.pdf(19.96 MB)

 

Disclaimer:

While every effort has been taken to ensure accuracy the Jane Cameron National Archives does not accept responsibility for any errors in the transcribing of these records.

Copyright guide:

Copies of government records may be used freely for private research and educational purposes. If material is to be used for commercial publication, exhibition or broadcast the written permission of the Jane Cameron National Archives must first be obtained. Whenever material from the Jane Cameron National Archives is reproduced in any form or in any medium, the user must acknowledge the Jane Cameron National Archives as the source and give all document references. For non-government records it is your responsibility as the user to ensure that copyright is not infringed and any infringement that does occur is your responsibility.