Call Number: Mss 242 (A.06-85)
Title: G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton fonds.
Extent: 0.12 m of textual records.
Biographical sketch: Major Gerald Edwin Hamilton
Barrett-Hamilton was a renowned British zoologist. He was born in
1874 and received a science degree at Trinity College, Cambridge
in 1896. That same year he became a commissioner for the British
Bering Fur Seal Enquiry. As the commissioner he traveled extensively
throughout Japan, Kamachatka, and the North Pacific Islands. He
lived in Kilmanock, England for the period 1903-1913, where he collected
material on the mammals of the British Isles. He published several
articles about his research expeditions and a book titled A
History of British Mammals (1910). The book is still a valuable
reference source. In 1913 he was commissioned by the Colonial Office
and the British Museum to investigate the killing of whales in the
Falkland Islands and South Georgia. While on the research expedition,
he contracted pneumonia. He died in 1914 at the age of 41.
In 2005, the Major G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton Memorial Scholarship
established by Michael Nesbitt, G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton's grandson.
wanted to pay tribute to his grandfather and his mother, Geraldine
Barrett-Hamilton Nesbitt, the first woman in Winnipeg to graduate
in zoology and chemistry.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to the
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Michael
Nesbitt in 2006.
Scope and content: The fonds consists of G.E.H.
Barrett-Hamilton's articles, publications and correspondence about
the G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton Scholarship.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are
Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available
in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available
at the link below: