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Biographical entry Blake, Leslie Russell (1890 - 1918)

Born
1890
Died
1918
Occupation
Antarctic explorer and Geologist

Summary

(Sir) Leslie Russell Blake was a Geologist and Cartographer who went on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914. He was involved in a survey of Macquarie Island, the harvesting of penguins for oil and the collection of geological specimens. Blake was one of the five who stayed another year at Macquarie Island (1915). To attend the expedition he had to obtain leave from his employer the Geological Survey Department of Brisbane. Blake was killed in France just before the Armistice.

Archival resources

South Australian Museum Archives

  • Leslie Russell Blake - Records, 1911 - 1915, 15DM, 105AAE; South Australian Museum Archives. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Leslie Russell Blake - Records, 1911 - 1914, MS 9551/74; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Dartnall, Herbert J. G., Lost in the Mists: Leslie Russel Blake, Mawson's Cartographer and Hero of Pozière, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2014, 382 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Dartnell, Herbert J. G., 'Antarctic vignettes VI: Leslie Russell Blake - Mawson's forgotten geologist', Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 146, 2012, pp. 57-62. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.