British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913
[George Murray LEVICK (1876-1956)]. A series of sixteen telegrams received by Levick's parents, London, Christchurch New Zealand and elsewhere, 10 February - 18 June 1913, reporting the death of Scott's Polar Party and the progress of the Terra Nova on her voyage home, and congratulating Levick on his return, 16 pages, 13.8 x 22cm, on printed telegram forms (some yellowing and soiling, occasional traces of tape).
'Terra Nova arriving with antarctic expedition Scott & four companions overcome blizzard after reaching pole December 18th rest of party safe': the first telegram of the series, sent by a friend in London, forwards a pithy summary of the news that, in Cherry-Garrard's words, put 'the Empire - almost the civilized world - in mourning'. Three telegrams confirm the news from reports in the London press on the following day. A message from Levick himself from Christchurch, New Zealand, on 13 February briefly states 'Safe and well love Murray'. Four other cables from Levick chart the Terra Nova's slow progress home, arriving in Cardiff on 14 June.
The Terra Nova had touched land at Oamaru, on the east coast of South Island, New Zealand, early in the morning of 10 February 1913, and Pennell and Atkinson were rowed ashore to cable the news of their arrival and the fate of the polar party, while the ship stayed off shore. She entered Lyttelton harbour on 12 February: Levick's laconic communication of his survival was sent at 9.50 the next morning. (16)