This is the general direction to be taken by the Bristol University
Union Trans-Continental Expedition which will leave England in August for India
and South America. The expedition will drive overland as far as possible and will
be completely self supporting.....'
Following the spice traders - the Expedition sets off on the old spice-trade
route and for the following 14 months the Bristol the
Himalayas to the Andes...badge
will be carried from
idea of a Trans-World Expedition was
conceived over a gas-fire in North Kensington in January, 1958, by Mark Howell,then
an undergraduate at Bristol University. A letter to Tony Morrison asking him to
join him in the venture received Tony's answer that he was interested in such
an expedition as long as it were purposeful and well organised This was the beginning.
Then followed weeks and months of planning....'
adds, ' I suspect the date is incorrect and 1959 is the year when the idea
really started to move in our minds. In 1958 exams and careers were too compelling.
Malcolm massaged my response to fit the launch. Picture on the right Jill
Glegg [News] back to camera, Michael Gorman [Editor of the paper is in the shadow]
Tony, Mark and Malcolm.
account gave a broad view of plans which changed in the detail over the following
seven months of fund raising, support gathering and fine tuning. Two of the original
members mentioned in the story , Mike Duley, Zoology and his friend John McGarry,
Medicine, dropped out and three new members joined - Peter Krinks, Geography,
Roger Tutt, Economics and Don Pilton, Medicine. Academic staff accepted advisory
and support positions, the Vice Chancellor became the Chairman of Finance, and
the Lord Mayor of Bristol agreed to be Patron
story was picked up by the local press and televison so it could be said that
this spread in Nonesuch News launched the venture.
Also on the front page January 29th 1960 - A Union thief was gaoled; White Elephant
alterations to a wall between the Clarke-Harrison Room and the Back Gym were highlighted
as high handed action by the University authorities and a 'Pornographic' magazine
called Anacrap, sold around the University at 6d [old pence] was banned. The centre
pages carried an article - BOYCOTT! about the boycott of South African goods as
a protest in the time of apartheid