A manuscript logbook, HMS Challenger Expedition 1872-76
Compiled by Lieutenant Arthur Bromley, Assistant Surveyor, from 15 November 1872 to 27 May 1876. A daily logbook, recording position, weather conditions, temperature and barometric pressure, together with details of soundings and deep sea dredging and trawling operations with observations. Pasted in each month's section is a recording barograph strip with pressure and temperature, plus notes on wind and weather. The logbook continues with a voyage on HMS Swift from 1 July 1885 to 17 February 1888 on the China Station.
In addition, there are assorted papers, including the discharge papers of Arthur Bromley, recording his appointments from Acting Sub Lieutenant in 1867 to Commander in 1882, together with a small collection of photographs, including HMS Challenger in Dry dock in Yokohama, Japan, the main deck showing the scientific equipment, at anchor in Farm Cove, Sydney Harbour and in the Kerguelen Islands, and a portrait of Sir Thomas Maclean, Astronomer at the Cape of Good Hope Observatory.