Russell, Keith Galdstone [loose notes from tramping albums]

Production date
Loose pages of writings by Keith Gladstone Russell.
The writings document mountain climbing trips. The pages were found loose in the three photograph albums kept by Russell, documenting his many mountain climbing trips. The photograph albums are part of the Puke Ariki Pictorial Collection, accession numbers PHO2012-0487, PHO2012-0486, PHO2012-0485.
Keith Galdstone Russell, a teacher at Central School, New Plymouth, died in the 'Nurses' Accident' on Mount Taranaki on 26-27 July 1953. Russell was leading a party of 31, including 18 nurses, on an ascent of Mount Taranaki. The party was divided into six ropes. During the descent one of the seven climbers on Russell's rope slipped near Hongi's Bluff and one by one each was pulled off the path and over the bluff. Six of the climbers, including Russell, were killed. At the time of the accident Russell was the Taranaki Alpine Club's chief-guide and one of the club's most experienced climbers. He had climbed extensively in the Southern Alps and the Arrowsmith Range. While in Europe in the early 1950s Russell had also climbed the Matterhorn.
See full details

Object detail

Production role
Production date
Subject person
Item list

  Part 1

Typescript. "Egmont Trip - 1 week." 27-31 August 1946. 2pp.

Typescript. "Hawera, 21/9/74." 21 September 1947. 2pp.

Typescript. "Godley Trip - Xmas 1947." 23 December - 5 January. 7pp.

Typescript. "Thursday 29th December..." [on Bank of New Zealand letterhead]. 4pp.

Typescript. "The Jagged Stream Expedition 13th-28th January 1950." 9pp.

Typescript. "Xmas and New Year 1950-1951, Tasman Climbs." 3pp.

Typescript. "Traverse of Elie De Beaumont, Walter, and Green; From the Annan Glacier." Undated. 2pp.

Credit line
Gifted by the Russell family
Accession number
Collection type


My shortlist

Explore other objects by colour

Public comments

Be the first to comment on this object record.

Google reCaptchaThis site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.