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Frank Debenham (1883–1965) by Herbert George Ponting, 1911 © Popperfoto


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Debenham, Frank (1883–1965), geographer and polar scientist, was born at Bowral, New South Wales, on 26 December 1883, the second son of the Revd John Willmott Debenham, vicar of Bowral and schoolmaster, and his wife, Edith Cleveland. He attended the school run by his father and, after his death in 1898, by his mother, and from there went to the ...


Taylor, (Thomas) Griffith (1880–1963), geographer and explorer, was born on 1 December 1880 at 9 Greenleaf Lane, Walthamstow, Essex, the first of the five children of James Taylor (1849–1927), metallurgical chemist, and his wife, Lily Agnes, daughter of Thomas Griffiths, accountant, and his wife, ...