Selma Barkham

Selma Barkham is a historical geographer who discovered 16th Century Basque whaling sites on the southern coast of Labrador, Canada. She was awarded the Order of Canada for her work.


Years: 1927 – 2020

Hometown: Bosham, Sussex, England Education: Studies at the Universities of London and Paris and two Honorary Doctorates

Occupation: Historical geographer

Expeditions: South Coast of Labrador, Quebec North Shore, West Coast of Newfoundland, Canada; Basque Coast of Spain and France

Favorite Place To Be: The Strait of Belle Isle area, Canada

Best Discovery: 16th-century Basque whaling sites on the South Coast of Labrador, Canada Favorite Items In The Field: Chocolate, binoculars, and a warm jacket

Personal Heroes: Nelson Mandela for courage, Captain Cook for excellence in work, Anne Stine and Helge Ingstad for perseverance

Hobbies: Bird-watching, walking, writing, and languages

Advice: Always take an interest in something new