William Matthew Flinders Petrie, 1853 - 1942

  title={William Matthew Flinders Petrie, 1853 - 1942},
  author={Sidney Smith},
  journal={Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={16 - 3}
  • Sidney Smith
  • Published 1 November 1945
  • History
  • Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society
William Matthew Flinders Petrie, the son of a civil engineer who was engaged at the time of his son’s birth on surveying the routes for railways, and later in an attempt to introduce an electric lighting system, inherited his taste for planning and drawing; and he claimed that his passion for discovery descended through his mother from his grandfather, Captain Matthew Flinders, who charted the Australian coasts in the Investigator, with John Franklin on board. Though he was sickly from his…