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  • Title
    Item 01: Wooden chess set belonging to Matthew Flinders
  • Call number
    R 48/Item 1
  • Level of description
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  • Type of material
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  • Physical Description
    32 chess pieces, 1 box - king 8.8 x 2.6 cm, queen 8.36 x 2.73 cm, bishop 7.16 x 2.35 cm, knight 7.05 x 2.46 cm, rook 5.3 x 2.1 cm, pawn 5.3 x 2.1 cm - wooden

    The chess set was probably given to Flinders by one of his closest friends on Mauritius, Mr Labauve, who presented him with a chess set on 1 April 1810 for his entertainment on the return voyage to England. Flinders is said to have used this chess set on Mauritius.
  • Scope and Content
    Turned wooden chess set, with 16 white and 16 black pieces, stored in crude wooden box (a now illegible inscription is visible on lid). Box measures 9 x 16.3 x 9.6 cm.
  • Source
    Presented by Lady Flinders Petrie, 1949
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    For brief notes on this chess set, see Mike Darlow, "Matthew Flinders' Chess Set" in the Australian Woodworker", Nov/Dec 2004 p.52.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 852681
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  • Exhibited in
    Possessed : an exhibition of treasures
    Matthew Flinders : The Ultimate Voyage
    Learning Services Program display 2012-2013

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