Biographies

FELTON, JOHN JAMES (JJ) 1841 - 1911
England

farmer, was born on 19 December 1841 in Westminster, London, third child of Henry FELTON and his wife Martha.

The family were among the PENSIONERS who arrived in 1849 on the merchant ship Victory....

FERGUSON, DAVID 1857-1936
Scotland

geologist and mineral prospector, was born 'Glasgow c1857' according to the records of the University of Glasgow which he attended as a mature student aged about forty. Nothing is known of his...

FILCHNER, WILHELM 1877 - 1957
Germany

German surveyor and geodesist (South Georgia), was born into a family of forest superintendents at Munich, Germany on 13 September 1877. In 1900, as a military cadet, he used a three-month leave...

FITZGERALD, MIGUEL LAWLER b 1926
Argentina

Argentine civil pilot, was born on 8 September 1926 in Buenos Aires. His father, Vouchier Crawford FitzGerald and mother Elizabeth Lawler of Dublin had emigrated from Ireland to Argentina, where...

FITZROY, ROBERT 1805 - 1865
England

naval hydrographer, was born on 5 July 1805 at Ampton Hall, near Euston in Suffolk, the second son of Lord Charles FitzRoy (the second son of the third Duke of Grafton) and Anne, daughter of the...

FLEURET, ARTHUR ISADORE (Ike) 1899 - 1987
Falkland Islands

civil servant, was born at Fitzroy, East Falkland on 5 May 1899, son of Gaston Nicholas Fleuret and his wife Mary, née Pitaluga. His grandfather, Augustus Nicholas Fleuret, was a gaucho from Paris...

FORAN, JAMES 1823 - 1900
Ireland

Roman Catholic priest, was born on 5 December 1823 at Whitefield, Tramore, Co Waterford, eighth of the eleven children (nine boys and two girls) of Michael Foran and Bridget, née Dooley. His father...

FORSTER, JOHANN REINHOLD 1729 - 98
Germany

Johann Reinhold Forster was born on 22 October 1729 at Dirschau, Polish Prussia {Tczew, Poland}, the only child of the marriage of Georg Reinhold Forster and the widow Eva Platt in 1727. In 1745-48...

Frampton, Sir George

see RANSOM, Frank

FRENCH, NEVILLE ARTHUR IRWIN 1920 - 1995
Kenya (also England)

governor, was born on 28 April 1920 in Kenya, son of Major Ernest French RE, and Alice French. He was educated in England at Selhurst School, Croydon. From school he joined the Royal Fleet...

FREYCINET, LOUIS-CLAUDE de 1779 - 1842
France

French naval officer, the second son of Louis de Saulces de Freycinet (1751-1827), had his first taste of exploration while serving in Nicolas Baudin's expedition to Australia (1800-1804).

On the...

FREZIER, AMÉDÉE-FRANÇOIS 1682 - 1773
France

French engineer and cartographer, was supposedly from a Scots family named Frazer, which had fled to France. He was born in Chambery in Savoy in the French Alps.

He trained as a military engineer...

FUCHS, Sir VIVIAN ERNEST (Bunny, Papa) 1908 - 1999
England

geologist, expedition leader and administrator, was born on 11 February 1908 at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight, only child of an English mother, Violet Anne Watson and a German father Ernst Fuchs....

GARDINER, ALLEN FRANCIS 1794 - 1851
England

naval officer and missionary, was the fifth son of Samuel Gardiner of Coombe Lodge, Oxfordshire, and his wife Mary, née Boddam. He was born on 28 January 1794 in the parsonage house at Basildon,...

GARDINER, ALLEN WEARE P c 1830 - 1878
England

missionary, was the only son of Captain Allen Francis GARDINER, founder of the Patagonian Missionary Society and his wife Julia Susanna, née Reade.

After Capt Gardiner's death by starvation on...

GEORGE V 1865 - 1936
England

king and royal visitor, was born at Marlborough House, London on 3 June 1865, the second child of Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and his wife Alexandra.

He was baptised George...

GIBBS, JAMES GORDON 1903 - 1978
New Zealand

New Zealand agriculturalist, was born in Wellington, New Zealand on 10 August 1903, the elder son of Dr Harry Gibbs and Annie, née Gardner. He had a BAgr and a MAgrSc from New Zealand colleges and...

GIL DE TABOADA Y LEMOS (sometimes spelled Lemus), FRANCISCO fl 1774
Spain

Spanish naval officer. In 1757, as an alférez de fragata, Gil had spent some time in Malta, serving in a Maltese ship curbing pirate activity in the Mediterranean. As a teniente de navío, Gil was...

GILLSÄTER, SVEN ERIK 1921 - 2001
Sweden

Swedish photographer, was born on 28 February 1921, at Njutånger, Hälsingland, Sweden, the son of Per Erik Eriksson, farmer and postman, and Svea Eriksson.

He went to high school and to evening...

GILRUTH, THOMAS ANDREW 1910 - 2001
Scotland

farmer, was born in Auchmithie, Angus, Scotland on 5 December, elder son of Peter Edward Gilruth, farmer, and his wife Mary Steele Gilruth, née Meikle.

On leaving Arbroath High School he worked on...

GLEADELL, LESLIE (Les) 1921 - 2009
Falkland Islands

colonial treasurer, was born at Doctor's Creek, Fox Bay, West Falkland on 14 January 1921, son of Franklin Gleadell and Winifred, née Davis.

He went to the Government School in Stanley and although...

GOEBEL, JULIUS junior 1892 - 1973
United States

American academic, was the son of a German professor, Julius Goebel (1857-1931), who emigrated to the USA in 1881 and taught at the University of Illinois. Julius junior was educated to LLB and PhD...

GOLDSWORTHY, Sir ROGER TUCKFIELD 1839 - 1900
England

governor, was born in London on 20 June 1839, the second son of Thomas Goldsworthy, an attorney with connections in Calcutta, and his wife (and cousin), Sophia, née Tuckfield. He was educated at...

GOSS, BARRY GORDON 1921-1998
Falkland Islands (also England)

policeman and handyman at South Georgia, was born to Sydney Goss (1890-1944) and Annie née Ricketts (1890-1943). Both Sydney and Annie Goss’s sons were born in England: Barry Gordon in Brigg,...

GOSS, CHRISTINA 1892 - 1979
Falkland Islands

housewife, was the eldest daughter of William Henry Goss and Ann Goss, née Aitken ('Billie' GOSS was a younger brother). William Henry was a Camp cook when he married and Christina was born at San...