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Burnaby, Frederick Gustavus, Colonel, 1842 - 1885



  • Existence: 3 March 1842 - 17 January 1885


Frederick Gustavus Burnaby was born in Bedford on 3 March 1842.

Frederick who possessed a great sense of adventure, became a British Army intelligence officer and gained celebrity for his adventures across Spain and Russia as well as his balloon ascents.

In 1874 he reported on the third Carlist War in Spain and General Gordon's expedition to the Sudan for The Times newspaper. Upon his return to England in 1875, he planned a journey on horseback to the Khanate of Khiva through Russian Asia, territory, which was closed to travellers due to war. Although it was an impossible mission, Frederick managed to reach his destination in early 1876. On his return to England in March that year, he was received by Prince George and hailed a hero by the British people, gaining much fame.

In 1879 he became involved in politics and the following year he unsuccessfully contested Birmingham in the Tory-Democrat interest, which was followed by a second failed attempt in 1885.

On 23 March 1882 he crossed the English Channel in a gas balloon. In 1884 he served an intelligence officer for General Valentine Baker in Soudan, where he was wounded. Later that year he joined up a similar expedition to the Nile where he died at the battle of Abu Klea on 17 January 1885.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Bill Barnes Collection

Reference code: NFA0172
Scope and Contents

Programmes, posters and photographs mainly related to the Poole family's travelling Myriorama show.

Dates: 1881 - 2017

Mr Harry Poole's New Trips Abroad Programme, c1880 - 1889

Reference code: 178K53.23
Scope and Contents

Red type and illustrations of Egypt and battles, portraits of Wolseley, Gordon and Burnaby on green background on the front cover. Blank programme of overprinting location and programme, 2p.p

Dates: c1880 - 1889

Programmes , 1881 - 2016

Reference code: 178K53
Scope and Contents

Pre-Film and variety and music hall programmes mainly related to the travelling shows of Joseph Poole and Harry Poole, Harry H. Hamilton, Mapleston Brothers and Adams but it also includes other showmen.

Dates: 1881 - 2016

Additional filters:

Archival Object 2
Collection 1
Acrobats 2
Aerialists 2
Anglo-Afghan Wars 2
Anglo-Burmese War, 3rd, 1885 1
Animal trainers 2