Petrie Letters

Scope and Content

Letters from Sir (William) Flinders Petrie to Ernest Arthur Gardner, concerning financial matters and other miscellaneous subjects.

Administrative / Biographical History

Petrie, Sir (William Matthew) Flinders (18531942), Egyptologist, was born at Ecclesbourne Cottage, Maryon Road, Charlton, near Greenwich, on 3 June 1853, the only child of William Petrie (18211908) and his wife, Anne (18121892), the daughter of Captain Matthew Flinders RN, the navigator and explorer of Australia.

Petrie worked on many excavation sites, mostly in Egypt. He was Edwards Professor of Egyptology at University College London from 1892 to 1933, and Emeritus Professor from 1933. He published many works on excavation. Petrie was knighted in 1923.

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Related Material

University College London Special Collections also holds correspondence and papers of Sir Flinders Petrie among the records of the Institute of Archaeology (Ref: UCLCA/IA); c27 letters to Sir Francis Galton, 1878-1904 (Ref: GALTON); correspondence with John Sebelien (Ref: MS ADD 113)