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John Henry Collinson Close (1886 - 1942) - Biographical notes

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John Henry Collinson Close F.R.G.S. (40)
 Mawson 1911-1914  Assistant Collector

Married, born in Sydney, New South Wales. During the South African War he saw active service in Rhodesia, and at the time of the Expedition's departure was a teacher of physical culture at Sydney. A member of the Main Base Party (Adélie Land) and of several sledging parties, he spent two summers and one winter in the Antarctic.
From Appendix 1, Mawson - Heart of the Antarctic

Landmarks named after John H. Close

Feature Name: Close Islands
Feature Type: island
Latitude: 6701S
Longitude: 14427E
Description:  A cluster of about three small islands lying in the western part of the entrance to Buchanan Bay. Discovered by the AAE (1911-l4) under Douglas Mawson.


John Close (left) on deck with an albatross and Charles Harrisson

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