South Georgia - General



On 17 January 1775 Captain James Cook landed at Possession Bay, South Georgia and claimed it for Great Britain.  This is known as Possession Day and is marked by a ceremony at Government House, Stanley each year.

On 21 July 1908 Royal Letters Patent consolidated British claims in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions, including South Georgia, as Dependencies of the Falkland Islands.

Most records held relate to South Georgia. They concern whaling and sealing activity, the issue of licenses, and the civil administration established at King Edward Point in 1912. 

For the South Georgia Shipping Register see ONLINE COLLECTIONS - SHIPPING - SHIPPING REGISTERS.

The following are miscellaneious files that do not have their own separate page.

World War II

pdfSGA-WW2-1-1 Staff Officer Freetown. Requests that movements of foreign whale factory ships should be reported by telegraph. Reporting officer. Correspondence to and from.pdf4.23 MB

pdfSGA-WW2-1-2 Falkland Islands labour required by Messrs Salvesen and Coy for the 1939-40 whaling season.pdf659.76 KB

pdfSGA-WW2-1-3 Question of installing some form of fixed defence in South Georgia.pdf7.56 MB

pdfSGA-WW2-1-4 South Georgia defences. Question of installing some form of fixed defence in South Georgia. Part II.pdf1.78 MB

pdfSGA-WW2-1-5 Permission granted to factory Thorshammer and seven catchers to operate from South Georgia for remainder of 1940-41 season.pdf457.35 KB

pdfSGA-WW2-1-6 South Georgia. 1. Norwegian Detachment. 2. Defences.pdf4.04 MB

pdfSGA-WW2-1-7 Report on visit of Colonel C D Allderidge Officer Commanding Troops to South Georgia.pdf448.47 KB

pdfSGA-WW2-1-8 Proposed construction of emergency wireless sets at Grytviken and Leith Harbours South Georgia.pdf926.1 KB

pdfSGA-WW2-1-9 South Georgia. Norwegian Detachment complaints individual.pdf198.81 KB


Maps and Plans

pdfSouth Georgia.pdf14.92 MB



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