Mathew Flinders collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Flinders to John and Thomas Franklin

Administrative / Biographical History

Mathew Flinders was born in Lincolnshire in 1774. After mastering geometry and navigation he joined the navy in 1790. In 1795 he sailed to Port Jackson New South Wales where he undertook survey work along the coast of Australia. As commander of Investigator he continued this work . He died in 1814


The correspondence to the Franklin's is arranged alphabetically by recipient

Access Information

By appointment.

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Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Dictionary of National Biography volume 20, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1889) and John Franklin traveller on undiscovered seas by John Wilson, XYZ Publishing Montreal (2001) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Franklin, John] and Deadly winter the life of Sir John Franklin by Martyn Beardsley, Chatham Publishing London (2002) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Franklin, John] and Dictionary of National Biography

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

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