Archive for August, 2010

Meta’s Memoirs

August 20, 2010

I found these memoirs about a year ago. They were written by my great aunt, Meta McKinnon Wood (1893 – late 1960s). They start by describing her childhood and the origins of her desire to be an explorer. Then she jumps a few years to her adventures in the Mombasa and Voi River valley area of Kenya in the early 1930s. The final part is about an expedition to Peru which culminated in the deaths of two of her companions in a canoeing accident on the Urubamba river. We think one of the people killed was the geologist John Walter Gregory, and accident was on 2 June 1932 – see There are obviously a few gaps in these memoirs: these are either lost or were never written.

 Michael Wood, .

 Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8 

Chapter 9 

Chapter 10