Edward Bransfield, an Irishman born of the village of Ballinacurra circa 1785, within the parish of
Midleton, Co Cork, was leader of the first expedition to see and chart mainland Antarctica. Bransfield, a Ship’s
Master in the Royal Navy, made his historic discovery, 30th January 1820, while in command of the brig,
Williams of Blyth.
The first confirmed sighting by Bransfield began a 100 year quest to explore Antarctica and to reach the
South Pole. It was an era which created legendary explorers such as; Amundsen, Crean, Scott and Shackleton,
and featured many heroic exploits of other men and a lady of Cork.
First Committee Meeting
In 2016 a number of local enthusiasts of all walks of life came together to form an association known as
“Remembering Edward Bransfield”. In 2017 a committee was formed to commemorate his historic feats and to
erect a monument in his hometown to coincide with the 200th anniversary of his first sighting
The minutes of this meeting are published here to outline the constitution of this committee.
To promote and commemorate Edward Bransfield’s
historic feat of national and international importance and erect a monument
at his home village of Ballinacurra in January 2020, commemorating the
bicentennial of his monmentus discovery.
At a meeting held in J. J. Coppingers Lounge Bar Main Street Midleton on Thursday 22th June 2017, a
committee was formed to seek ways to raise awareness of Edward Bransfield and funding for a proposed
monument to him.
The following officers were elected and assigned roles to further the objectives of the Committee;
Chair: Jim Wilson
Secretary & Treasurer: Liam P. O’Riordan
Press Officer: Eugene Furlong
John Ahern (Ballinacurra Historian),
Ursula O'Mahony (Ballinacurra Historian),
Michael Smith (Polar Historian & Author),
David Stanton TD (Government Minister of State for Equality, Immigration
The committee would like to thank André Saubolle
for his on-going research into the life of Edward Bransfield and the Bransfield
clan of Ballinacurra and East Cork. His work has added greatly to our
understanding of Edward and his family. Much of the results of his research
along with that of other members of the committee can be found on the
pages of this website.