My name is Alison Freebairn, and I am an independent researcher from Scotland who is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
My interests include Robert Anstruther Goodsir, the 1849-1859 searches for the Franklin Expedition, and Victorian graveyards.
I look for things that have been lost or forgotten. Sometimes I find them.
My rediscoveries include:
- the whereabouts of the paper fragments collected on and around Beechey Island in August 1850
- a previously unknown eye-witness account of Robert Anstruther Goodsir’s discovery of the Beechey graves
- the survival of the Pointing Hand drawing collected by the Schwatka expedition on King William Island in 1879
- the location of the Goodsir family organ, donated by Robert in 1893, and still sounding lovely in 2022.
You can email me at [first name] dot [last name] at gmail.com.