Edward Binnie

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Edward Binnie in 1911

Edward Beveridge Binnie (1884 in Stanley, Falkland Islands — 1956 in Sandefjord, Norway)[1] was the second resident magistrate of South Georgia, serving from October 1914 to April 1927,[2][3] during which time he resided at King Edward Point.[4]

He had previously served as customs officer on East Falkland Island in 1907,[5] in which position he supervised the activities of whaling companies[6]

In 1912, Binnie became the first Resident Magistrate of Graham Land and the South Shetland Islands;[7] in 1914, he was transferred to South Georgia.

In 1922, he officiated at the funeral of Ernest Shackleton.[8][9]

In 1923, Binnie vacationed in Norway, where he met and married Margrethe Larsen; she came with him to the sub-Antarctic territories, but became homesick, and in 1927 he resigned his post so that they could move back to Norway.[5]

The Binnie Peaks of South Georgia are named in his honor.[10]


  1. ^ Thomas E. Binnie jr.: Antarctic Magistrate - the biography of Edward Beveridge Binnie Archived 2014-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, by Thomas E. Binnie Jr., at PolarKlubben.org; retrieved June 24, 2014
  2. ^ South Georgia Islands, by Ben Cahoon; at WorldStatesmen.org; last updated November 2013; retrieved June 24, 2014
  3. ^ The Island of South Georgia, by Robert Headland; published 1992, by Cambridge University Press (via Google Books)
  4. ^ Chronological List of Antarctic Expeditions and Related Historical Events, by Robert K. Headland; published 1989 by Cambridge University Press (via Google Books)
  5. ^ a b Antarctic Magistrate: A Book Review By Keith Holmes Archived 2014-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, by Keith Holmes, at the Government of South Georgia Island; originally published May 2009; retrieved June 24, 2014
  6. ^ books on Antarctic whaling, at LEXsample; published 2010; retrieved June 24, 2014
  7. ^ South Georgia Books: Antarctic Magistrate by Ian Hart Archived 2014-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, at the South Georgia Trust; retrieved June 24, 2014
  8. ^ Sir Ernest Shackleton: Funeral Ceremony In South Georgia: Many Wreaths On Coffin, in the Barrier Miner (archived in the NLA Trove); published May 5, 1922; retrieved June 24, 2014
  9. ^ Shackleton's Last Voyage: the Story of the Quest, by Frank Wild, published 1923 by Cassell (via archive.org)
  10. ^ Binnie Peaks at the Geographic Names Information System, published by the U.S. Geological Survey; retrieved June 24, 2014