Explorations & adventures in our far northland being the life story of James W. Tyrrell, C.E., D.L.S., M.E.I.C.
Tyrrell, J. W. (James Williams), 1863-1945
3 cm of textual records (224 leaves in portfolio) ; 29 x 23 cm.
Item is a typescript of Tyrrell's unpublished autobiography written near the end of his life in the early 1940s. The autobiography primarily documents Tyrrell's experiences as an explorer to Canada's north. More specifically, the typescript provides details of Tyrrell's expedition with his brother J.B. Tyrrell to the Barren Lands in 1893 as well as his expedition to the area between Great Slave Lake and Hudson Bay in 1900. Tyrrell's year long excursion to the Klondike gold fields, and his surveying work in northern and western Canada are also documented in the text.
Title transcribed from cover and first page of text.
Only the portion of the autobiography which relates to the 1893 expedition has been digitized (l. 79-133).
"Item is the earliest copy of the unpublished autobiography contained within the fonds of James W. Tyrrell. A copy dated 1975 is also contained within the series. The 1975 version is primarily a photocopy of the 'original version', with some editorial revision and the addition of a foreword, table of contents, list of illustrations, index, and 68 pages of photocopied photographs. In some cases, these are the only version of the photograph available in the fonds."
"According to the Foreword to the 1975 version by Henry Grattan Knox Tyrrell the manuscript was being edited by James W. Tyrrell and his youngest brother Henry Grattan Tyrrell in 1944. After James Tyrrell's death in January of 1945, the manuscript was left with Henry Grattan Tyrrell for completion of editing and subsequent publication. However, he too died before he could finish editing the manuscript, and it was left to his son Henry Grattan Knox Tyrrell to complete. It was not until September 1975 that Henry Grattan Knox Tyrrell produced a final version of the manuscript, complete for publication."
The autobiography was never published. Some portions of the autobiography duplicate sections of text previously published in Across the sub-arctics
Forms part of the 'Manuscripts' sub-series.
"Ms. Coll. 310, box 10, folder 9."