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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection




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Accession no.: N: 115b-i
Object name: Theodolite
Title: Theodolite
Description: A wooden box (b) for a theodolite (N: 115a) and used during the British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition 1930-31. Inside the box are various attachments and tools for the theodolite: brush (c), spanner (d), compass (e), plum bob (f), light bulb (g), cable (h), and pin (i). The theodolite was made by Carl Zeiss of Jena and is marked 'Nr 16166'.
Classified name:
SPRI theme science and navigation
Current place name Antarctic regions
UDC 528.5
Geographic UDC (*7)
Getty AAT theodolites
Number of items: 8
Full description:

A wooden box with a hinged lid (a single hinge running the length of the box). There are two metal hooks on the front for holding the lid closed, and a metal lock with keyhole on the top of the lid. The box has a leather handle on either end. Inside the box and lid are metal fixings to hold the theodolite and attachments in place. Inside the lid is a paper diagram showing the correct position of the theodolite and attachments in the box, and another printed paper label in German with instructions for oiling the theodolite. Inside the box are a brush with brown bristles and a plastic handle (c); a black metal spanner (d); a place metal compass marked 'CARL ZEISS // JENA // Nr. 18446' (e); a plumb bob (f); a light bulb in a black metal casing with an arm for attaching to the theodolite (g), a cable and plug (h), a narrowing pin with a plastic casing and short flex (i).

  • Width: 210mm, height: 185mm, depth: 190mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Australian and New Zealand Research Expedition 1929-31 (Discovery) (1930 - 1931)
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