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Biographical entry Priestley, Raymond Edward (1886 - 1974)

20 July 1886
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
24 June 1974
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Geologist and Antarctic explorer


Sir Raymond Priestley left an academic and administrative career at Cambridge University to accompany Shackleton and Scott on their Antarctic expeditions 1907-1913. He served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne until 1938 and then returned to the U.K.

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Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Raymond Edward Priestley - Records, 1935 - 1974; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources


  • Hooper, Meredith, The Longest Winter: Scott's Other Heroes, John Murray, London, 2010, 358 pp. Details
  • Priestley, Raymond, The Diary of a Vice-Chancellor: University of Melbourne 1935-1938, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2002, 555 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Murray-Smith, S., 'Priestley, Sir Raymond Edward (1886-1974), Scientist and Vice-Chancellor', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 295-296. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, '150 Years, 150 Stories: Raymond Edward Priestley', Uni News, vol. 12, no. 16, 2003, p. 4. Details
  • Priestley, R. E., 'Sir Edgeworth David', Australian Quarterly, vol. 10, no. 2, 1938, pp. 34-39. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick G., 'Laying the foundation: Early Australian Earth Scientists in the Antarctic, Part 1', TAG: Geological Society of Australia Newsletter, vol. 160, 2011, pp. 24-6. Details
  • Quilty, Patrick G., 'Laying the Foundation: Early Australian Earth Scientists in the Antarctic: Part 2 - Geologists with Scott's 1911-1912 Final Expedition', TAG: Geological Society of Australia Newsletter, vol. 161, 2011, pp. 21-6. Details
  • Rae, Ian, 'Trials of a Vice-chancellor', Chemistry in Australia, vol. 81, no. 2, 2014, p. 41. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Federation and Meteorology, 2001, Details
  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, 150 years, 150 stories: brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with the University of Melbourne, Department of History, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2003, 168 pp. Details
  • Priestley, Rebecca, Dispatches from continent seven: an anthology of Antarctic science, Awa Press, Wellington, New Zealand, 2016, 422 pp. Details

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