Between 1796 and 1803 the English navigator and chartmaker
Matthew Flinders surveyed the Australian coastline in his ship the 'Investigator'.
He was the first known European to circumnavigate the continent.
Printed chart of Terra Australis by Flinders (Repro ID F0109). Click
the image to enlarge.
Ship plans of the 'Investigator' (Repro ID E7020). Click the image to
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
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Flinders's tribute to Trim the cat, FLI/11 (excerpt). Click the image
to read the transcript.
Matthew Flinders to Ann Flinders, FLI/25, Isle of France August
A second opportunity of writing to my dear friends
now presents itself, the first occurred about five weeks since. I yesterday
enjoyed a delicious piece of misery in reading over thy dear letters,
my beloved Ann. Shall I tell thee that I have never before done it since
I have been shut up in this prison.
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