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Islands of Despair

Explanatory Note

page xi

Explanatory Note

The major part of this book deals with a group of islands discovered by Abraham Bristow in 1806 and named by him the Lord Auckland Group. This name has never been generally used. In the days of the sealing gangs the group was known as Bristow's Land, and later the islands became commonly known as the Auckland Islands. This latter name is still in general use, and as it has been adopted in scientific and other works, there seems to be little doubt that its use in this book is fully justified.