Learn about Flinders and his voyages from the objects and information
in this section. Highlights include paintings, charts and ship plans.
Matthew Flinders biography
Matthew Flinders was born on 16 March 1774 at Donington, Lincolnshire,
the son of Dr Matthew Flinders. He joined the Royal Navy in
1789, sponsored by Captain (later Admiral Sir) Thomas Pasley,
and sailed with Captain William Bligh as Midshipman on Bligh's
second breadfruit expedition to the Pacific in 1791-1793 in
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in the Flinders story by browsing the glossaries:
Flinders and the voyage of the 'Investigator', 1801-03
In 1798 the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks asked the British Admiralty to fund an expedition to 'Terra Australis'. The voyage of science and exploration would have two main aims: to provide an accurate chart of the Australian coastline and to study the plant and animal life of Britain's newest colony.
Paintings, prints and drawings
Charts and ship plans
1. Austin, K. A.
The Voyage of the Investigator 1801-1803 Commander Matthew Flinders,
Rigby Limited, Adelaide, 1964
2. Austin, K. A.
Matthew Flinders: on the Victorian coast, April-May 1802: selected
Cypress Books, Melbourne, 1974
3. Baker, Sidney J.
My Own Destroyer: a biography of Matthew Flinders, explorer
Currawong Publishing Company, Sydney, 1962
4. Bauer, Ferdinand
An Exquisite Eye, the Australian flora and fauna drawings 1801-1820
of Ferdinand Bauer
Historic Houses Trust of NSW, Sydney, 1997.
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Collections Online (NMM)
Provides online access to almost 6000 catalogue records and over 7000 images
of objects from the collections of the National Maritime Museum. Several
of Flinders's charts of Australia are available to view at high magnification.
Maritime Memorials (NMM)
A database of memorials with records of over 4000 church, cemetery and public
memorials to seafarers and victims of maritime disasters, including memorials
to Matthew Flinders, Samuel Flinders, George Bass and Sir Joseph Banks.
Matthew Flinders collection
(State Library of New South Wales)
Electronic archive of the personal papers of Matthew Flinders (journals,
letterbooks, charts and memorabilia) held in the Mitchell Library, State
Library of New South Wales. The archive includes Flinders's journal on the
'Investigator', 1801-03 and his private journal 1803-14. The manuscripts
have been digitized and displayed online in the form of Web-books attached
to catalogue records.
Encounter 1802-2002 (State
Library of South Australia)
Celebrating Flinders's and Baudin's expeditions in search of the southern
coast of Australia. The site contains digitized extracts from materials
held in the State Library of South Australia and the Royal Geographical
Society of South Australia's collections.
Further information about Flinders and Baudin, their voyages of discovery,
their ships etc. Includes an interactive map of Flinders's circumnavigation
of Australia with excerpts from his log on the 'Investigator'.