Biographies

SCHULZ, GUSTAV OTTO 1849 - 1912
Germany

German traveller and photographer, was born in Gornitz, Prussia {near Poznan in Poland} around 1849. In early 1875 he married an English girl, Sarah Smith, and began to live in Brighton (Sussex)...

SCOTT, Sir PETER MARKHAM 1909 - 1989
England

conservationist and artist, was born on 14 September 1909 in London, only child of the explorer Robert Falcon Scott and the sculptress Kathleen Bruce. He never knew his father who died in...

SEEMANN, JHMC fl 1880s
Germany

German captain and shipping agent (1880-1886). The signing of the postal contract with the Kosmos company was the outcome of a dispute in 1880 between Governor CALLAGHAN and FE COBB, colonial...

SHACKLETON, EDWARD ARTHUR 1911 - 1994
England

statesman and baron, the second son of the explorer Sir Ernest SHACKLETON and Emily Shackleton, née Dorman was born in London on 15 July 1911. He scarcely knew his father, who died when he was ten,...

SHACKLETON, Sir ERNEST HENRY (The Boss) 1874 - 1922
Ireland

Anglo-Irish explorer, was born on 15 February 1874 at Kilkea in Co Kildare, Ireland, the second in a family of two sons and eight daughters born to Henry Shackleton and Henrietta, née Gavan. The...

SHERIDAN, DUFFY b 1947
United States

American artist, was born on 2 August 1947 in Lakeport, California, the son of Sara and John Sheridan. His father, a construction superintendent, was also an extraordinary painter and draftsman who...

SIMON, JEAN (Juan) 1802 - 1833
France (also Argentina)

French gaucho and foreman, first appears in the VERNET financial accounts as a gaucho paid for guarding Vernet's horses near Río Negro in November 1825. Simon is first mentioned actually in the...

SKOTTSBERG, CARL JOHAN FREDRIK 1880 - 1963
Sweden

Swedish botanist, was born on 1 December 1880 in Karlshamn, Sweden and had his early schooling there. His father was a schoolmaster but died when Skottsberg was 6 years old, and a few years later,...

SLACUM, GEORGE WASHINGTON 1793/4 - 1861
United States

US consul, was born in 1793 or 1794, most likely in Alexandria, Virginia, the eldest son of a prominent Virginia family headed by Captain George and Mrs Jane H Slacum. While little is known about...

SLAUGHTER, JOHN HENRY 1818 - ?1885
England

clerk, was born in Walmer, Kent in 1818, the son of Captain William Slaughter, CB, KCH. He sought a post in the colonial service and was appointed clerk to Governor MOODY at Port Louis, arriving in...

SLAUGHTER, THOMAS GEORGE 1880 - 1962
England

manager, was born near Bolsover, Derbyshire on 23 June 1880, the third of the eight children of Dr John Slaughter and Edith Slaughter, née Jarvis. The early death of his father meant that money was...

SLESSOR, ROBERT STEWART 1912 - 1985
Scotland

medical officer, was born in Fraserburgh, Scotland, on 2 November 1912. His father, Dr Robert Slessor, was a local physician, and he had one brother and two sisters. He was educated at Fraserburgh...

SLOGGIE, ALEXANDER (Alastair) 1928 - 2002
Scotland

FIC colonial manager, was born in East Wemyss, Fife, Scotland on 28 October 1928, the only child of James Sloggie and Agnes Sloggie, née Smith. He was educated at Dumfries Academy, gaining his...

SMITH, HENRY 1797 - 1854
Canada (also England)

naval officer in charge, was baptised in Montreal, Canada on 4 July 1797, son of Henry and Mary Smith. His first ship was the Courageux, which he joined in May 1810.

In 1832 Smith was first officer...

SMITH, JAMES 1841 - 1917
Scotland

carpenter and agitator, was probably born in Scotland. Certainly he married his wife Elizabeth there on 1 July 1867 and they arrived, with passages paid by the FIC and the Land and Emigration...

SMITH, THOMAS W c 1801 - c1840
England

sealer and writer, appears to have been born in Lewisham, near London, about 1801. The early death of his father and problems with his widowed mother's family resulted in his running away and...

SMYLEY, WILLIAM HORTON (various spellings) 1792 - 1868
United States

American sea captain and consul, was born in Providence, Rhode Island. James W Smyley, a ship's master who visited the Falklands in the 1840s may have been a brother. WH Smyley's letters, with...

SNOW, WILLIAM PARKER 1817 - 1895
England

mariner, explorer and writer, was born at Poole, Dorset on 27 November 1817. His father, a naval officer who had served at Trafalgar died in 1826 and his mother, née Barker, took the family abroad,...

SOLLIS, DENNIS JOHN (Jack) 1915 - 1985
Falkland Islands

mariner, was born at Darwin on 19 November 1915, the third child of Frank Pinkney Sollis, mason, and his wife Catherine Mary Sollis, née Axon. Jack's childhood was spent in camp at Goose Green and...

SØRENSEN, BERNT 1858 - 1924
Norway

Norwegian gunner and whaling manager, was born on the island of Vestre Bolærne in the Oslofjord. He started his whaling career at Finmarkskysten in the northern part of Norway. Then he worked as a...

SØRLLE, THORALF 1875 - 1939
Norway

Norwegian gunner and whaling manager, was born in Tjølling, now part of Larvik, in Norway on 17 February 1875. Like many young boys at the time he went to sea at only 15 years of age - first on...

SPEE, MAXIMILIAN JOHANNES MARIA HUBERTUS, Reichsgraf (Imperial Count) von 1861 - 1914
Denmark (also Germany)

German admiral, was born in Copenhagen on 22 June 1861. He was the youngest of five sons of Reichsgraf Rudolf von Spee from a Catholic Prussian family and his mother Fernande Tutein was Danish. He...

SPENCER, VICTOR HENRY (Vic) 1925 - 2005
England

airline pilot, was born in Liverpool on 7 February 1925, the son of William Henry Spencer, a motor racing engineer, and his wife Agnes, née Wilkinson. He was educated at Liverpool Collegiate. He...

SPOTTS, JAMES HANNA 1822 - 1882
United States

US admiral, was born at Fort Johnson, Wilmington Harbour, North Carolina, on 11 March 1822, the son of Samuel Spotts, a major in the US Army who had gained fame in command of the artillery under...

SPRAGGON, DANIEL MARTIN 1912 - 1985
England

RC monsignor, was born on 13 January 1912 in Newcastle upon Tyne, one of four children of Alfred Spraggon and Sarah Spraggon, née Martin. At the age of 22 he joined the Mill Hill Missionaries...