Leather carrying case for Hypsometer, used on the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914- 1917, led by Ernest Shackleton.
This is part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the 'Heroic Era' exploration of Antarctica.

Physical Description

Brown leather rectangular curved case with slide off lid. Has long leather strap and metal buckle attached to side. Cardboard tag with writing strung onto buckle.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Ernest Shackleton Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Science & Measurement, Transport

  • Acquisition Information

    Loan & Subsequent Transfer from National Museum of Victoria, (Estate of) A. K. Jack, 28 Jun 1967

  • Expedition Leader

    Ernest H. Shackleton, 1914-1917

  • Inscriptions

    Handwritten in ink on iside of case lid: 'To A K Jack / from E. H. Shackleton / Jan 1917'. Handwritten in pencil on cardboard tag: 'HYPSOMETER / from EHS 1917 / (see inside lid) / (ink) / For determination of height above Sea- level / (boiling point method) / over / [Other side of tag] The thermometer with cord / attached is a Shing thermometer / for whirling around head; / if giving a true reading of / Shade temperature even with / some shining.'

  • Classification

    Exploration, Antarctic, Navigation instruments

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    95 mm (Width), 70 mm (Depth), 216 mm (Height)
    Length of strap: 1710mm

  • Keywords

    Hypsometers, Navigation Instruments