Collection RS16 - Franklin Papers

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Franklin Papers


  • 1838-1923 (Creation)

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12 files

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Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), rear admiral, Arctic explorer and lieutenant-governor, was born on 16 April 1786 at Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England, ninth of the twelve children of Willingham Franklin and his wife Hannah, née Weekes. Franklin served as Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land from 1837 to 1843. He disappeared while on his last expedition, attempting to chart and navigate the Northwest Passage in the North American Arctic.
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Lady Jane Franklin was born on 4 December 1791, the daughter of John Griffin, silk weaver, of London, and Mary, née Guillemard. In 1828 she married (as his second wife) John Franklin, who was appointed lieutenant-governor of Van Diemen's Land in 1836. For more information see :

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Presented to the Royal Society of Tasmania by Willingham Franklin Rawnsley of Guildford. England, 1923-4

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Letters, diaries and miscellaneous documents relating to both Sir John and Lady Jane Franklin. 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.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

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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.
Available at Morris Miller-Rare-Book (DU 187 .F7 1947 (v1-2)

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