HC Deb 15 June 1896 vol 41 c1069

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, whether Her Majesty's Government have granted a concession of exclusive rights to minerals and guano over an area around Cape Adare, in South Victoria Land, within the Antarctic Circle; and whether he can state approximately the area in that region proclaimed to be under the British flag and the date of such proclamation?


A licence has recently been granted to Mr. T. G. Bowick to occupy so much as lies within 10 miles in any direction of Cape Adare with the exclusive right of removing guano and other fertilising substances for three years, but there is nothing in the licence as to minerals. Sir J. Ross, in January 1841, took possession of South Victoria Land in the name of Her Majesty, but as to its area I have no definite information.