About the papers
the Flinders papers
The documents transcribed on this site belong
to a collection of papers, charts, journals, letterbooks and
books relating to Captain Matthew Flinders (1774–1814), part
of which is on long-term loan to the National Maritime Museum
from Lisette Flinders Petrie (see acknowledgements for the list
of documents that are on loan). This collection, currently held
in the National Maritime Museum's Caird Library, is the residue
of those documents presented to the Mitchell Library, State
Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia by Sir William
Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853–1942), grandson of Matthew Flinders.
The collection consists of three main groups
- Flinders's papers, correspondence, charts and journals;
narratives of his voyages; service papers and technical notes
- Ann Flinders's letters and correspondence
- Sir William Flinders Petrie's miscellaneous collection of
biographical material, notes, memoirs and news cuttings relating
to his grandfather’s career; and correspondence with J F Shillinglaw
about a biography of Flinders which Shillinglaw never completed.
Viewing the Flinders papers
The documents in this collection can be ordered
and viewed via the National Maritime Museum's Caird Library.
Retrievals take place on Monday to Friday at 10.30, 11.45, 14.15
and 15.30; viewing manuscripts on Saturdays is by appointment
only. Documents must be ordered in advance of any visit: please
When ordering, it is essential that the correct
classmark be quoted to enable the order to be processed. For
the Flinders collection this is FLI followed by a two-digit
series number (see the top of each document page for the full
transcript number). The transcripts on this site are taken from
the following series:
FLI/1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8a, 9a, 9b, 11, 25, 26, 27, 28.
For more details regarding the library and manuscripts
collection, please see our online
catalogue. (To view details of the Flinders collection,
enter the search term 'Flinders, Matthew, Captain, 1774-1814'
in the Keywords field.)