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Dictionary of Falkland (and South Georgia) Biography Update

David Tatham – researcher, erstwhile Commissioner for SGSSI, and chair of the SGA – informs us that the online version of his Dictionary of Falkland Island Biography continues to expand and has recently been augmented by its 1,500th photograph.

In 2010 the South Georgia Association helped to place copies of the original printed version in a number libraries and museums.

The following press release has more details, and below that you will find a link to the DFB website.

GSGSSI Visitor Briefing Film Updated

Photo – Steve Brown GSGSSI

The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has released an updated visitor briefing film. Twenty minutes long, it is required viewing for all visitors to South Georgia before arrival, including pointers to ensure a low-impact visit. It is narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and contains some stunning film footage from the BBC natural History unit.

Online Talks No. Two – 9 September 2020

Toothfish, Construction and Good Riddance to Rats

Following the success of our online talkWhales, Mountains and Penguins – in June, we are holding another one. We are repeating the successful format of three short talks followed by questions from the ‘floor’. The event will be hosted via the online platform Zoom. For those unfamiliar with Zoom, we can forward instructions on how to download and use the app if requested.

Place: The comfort of your own home. SGA Members will be contacted by email with registration details. We will also keep you updated here, and on the FaceBook page.

Date: Wednesday 9 September 2020

Time: 7PM (1800 GMT for overseas participants )

How to Take Part: Email the communications editor HERE or use the form BELOW by Monday 7 September to register your interest and we will send you the link.

The meeting invitation will be sent out on Tuesday 8 September to the email address you have provided.

NB – you do not need to ‘sign up’ to a Zoom account in order to attend this meeting.

Tell your friends: Please feel welcome to invite non-members to participate – the more the merrier! (There is a maximum audience of 300 people).

The Speakers

The Fishing Industry and Science in the South Georgia Toothfish Fishery


Peter Thomson (Argos)

Building Infrastructure on a Small Island – the New KEP Wharf


Joe Corner (BAS)

Confirming the Eradication of Rodents from South Georgia.


Pat Lurcock

Ice Tracks Offer Extended

The South Georgia Association is pleased to notify members that the deadline for the 15% discount offer from Ice Tracks Expeditions to join their Shackleton’s Final Quest voyage in February 2022 has been extended to January 2021.

See our previous news item HERE for details.

Morag Husband Campbell Medal 2020 – Awarded to Crag Jones

MHC Medal
The Morag Husband Campbell Medal

The South Georgia Association is delighted to announce the award for the 2020 Morag Husband Campbell medal for 2020 to Caradoc ‘Crag’ Jones, ““For contribution to fisheries management and scientific studies, and for championing adventurous travel, exploration and mountaineering on South Georgia”“. The medal will be presented to Crag at the next Association meeting.

Event Postponements: South Georgia Association AGM and Gilbert Whites House Talk

The South Georgia Association Committee regret to inform members that the Spring Meeting/AGM planned for 8 May 2020 on HQS Wellington has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We hope to re-schedule later in the year and will provide details when the situation becomes clearer. Meanwhile we wish all our friends and members well.

We have also heard that the 19 March Oates Antarctic Talk (see events page) has also been postponed. See HERE for details.

Ice Tracks: Shackleton’s Final Quest Voyage

The South Georgia Association is delighted to notify our members of the Shackleton’s Final Quest voyage that has been scheduled for February 2022.

Organised by Ice Tracks Expeditions in collaboration with our friends at the James Caird Society, this spectacular voyage on the the newly launched MS Seaventure will pay tribute to the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration. The voyage is timed as a commemoration of the centenary of Shackleton’s final voyage south – the Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition (1921-22), commonly known as the Quest Expedition. Shackleton’s sudden death on the voyage on 5 January 1922 was a defining moment in the Antarctic age of heroism, which still resonates today.

The 20-day itinerary features the Falklands, South Georgia and a number of sites in the peninsula and surrounding islands, including (weather permitting) Elephant Island. Guests will also have the opportunity to fly on to Buenos Aires and cross the Rio Plata to Montevideo, the city that gave Shackleton a hero’s funeral.

For those that may be interested in the trip, Ice Tracks is offering an early bird discount of 15% off for anyone putting down a £500 refundable deposit by 29 February. This will secure a berth until 5 August 2020.

For further details, including a detailed itinerary, kit requirements and costings, please visit the Ice Tracks website HERE: and download a leaflet with more information here

Ice Tracks 2020 Flyer (459 KB)
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