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Compass - Andrew Jack, Trans- Antarctic Expedition, Ross Sea Party, 1914-1917 Object Reg. No: ST 031400

Compass used by Andrew Jack on sledging journeys as part of the Ross Sea party of the Trans- Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917 led by Ernest Shackleton.
This is part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the 'Heroic Era' exploration of Antarctica.
Round brass compass with hinged black flip lid. Silver and black face features red cardinal points of north, south east and west and a silver magnetised pivoting needle. Compass has external ring attachment.
Statement Of Significance:
This is a significant artefact from the little-known Ross Sea Party of Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Transfer from National Museum of Victoria, 1967
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 80 mm (Height), 57 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Dimensions taken with lid closed. When lid is open, Width: 109mm

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Tagged with: antarctic exploration, compasses, navigation apparatus instruments, making history - antarctic
Themes this item is part of: Andrew Keith Jack, Antarctic Explorer (?-1966), Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917, Antarctica Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Transport Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: EXPLORATION
Secondary Classification: Antarctic
Tertiary Classification: navigation instruments
Inscriptions: Painted on glass: N / E / S / W
Expedition Leader: Ernest Shackleton, Antarctica, 1914-1917
User: Andrew Jack, Antarctica, 1914-1917

Original owner of compass.
Place & Date Used: Ross Sea, Antarctica, 1914-1917

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