Bango belonging to Dr Leonard Hussey

Wood, skin and metal zither banjo, inlaid with mother of pearl which belonged to Dr L.D.A. Hussey, the meteorologist on 'Endurance'. The banjo was rescued from the ship before she sank, crushed by the ice of the Weddell Sea. Hussey played it during morale-raising concert parties organised by the survivors while they awaited rescue on Elephant Island. The banjo has been signed by expedition members and others as follows 'E.H. Shackleton, Frank Wild, Ruby Page le Brawn, Frank A. Worsley, L. Rickenson, George E. Marston, L.D.A. Hussey, A.H. Macklin, Frank Hurley, A.J. Kerr, F.W. Edwards, J.M. Wordie, T.O. Lees, C. Green, A. Cheetham, R.W. James, L. Greenstreet, Robert S. Clark, Harry McNeish'. The banjo comes complete with a leather carrying case.

Object Details

ID: AAB0225
Collection: Miscellaneous Antiquities
Type: Banjo
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Windsor, A. O.
Events: Antarctic Exploration: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916
Date made: before 1913
People: Hussey, Leonard Duncan Albert
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 110 x 950 x 335 mm
Parts: Bango belonging to Dr Leonard Hussey

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