Treasures from the world’s great libraries: see Matthew Flinders’ letter to Sir Joseph Banks,
23 August (redated 4 November) 1804,
written from Ile de France (Mauritius).
This archive reproduces many of Matthew Flinders’ personal papers held in the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales. These include the journals of his voyages in the sloop Norfolk, the first two volumes of the journal of HMS Investigator, his private journal, three volumes of private letters, his public letterbook, charts and personal memorabilia.
The Flinders papers contains transcripts of over 150 documents about Flinders’s life and work. Many are love letters from Flinders to his wife Ann, some written while imprisoned on Mauritius. There are also letters to and from Sir Joseph Banks and the explorer Sir John Franklin. Other documents include journal entries, legal and naval papers, receipts and inscriptions.
From the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.