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This list provides a starting point for further research. It is also possible to view the original letters and documents transcribed on this site: see about the original papers.

1. Austin, K. A.
The Voyage of the Investigator 1801-1803 Commander Matthew Flinders, R.N.
Rigby Limited, Adelaide, 1964

2. Austin, K. A.
Matthew Flinders: on the Victorian coast, April-May 1802: select documents...
Cypress Books, Melbourne, 1974

3. Baker, Sidney J.
My Own Destroyer: a biography of Matthew Flinders, explorer and navigator
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.

5. Bowden, K. M.
George Bass, 1771-1803, Surgeon and Sailor
reprinted from the Bulletin of the Post-Graduate Committee in Medicine,
University of Sydney, Vol 17, No. 2, May, 1961

6. Bowden, K. M.
George Bass 1771-1803: His Discoveries, Romantic Life and Tragic Disappearance
Oxford University Press, London, 1952

7. Colwell, Max
The Voyages of Matthew Flinders
Hamlyn, London, 1970

8. Dunmore, John
Who's Who in Pacific Navigation
University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1991

9. Findlay, Elisabeth
Arcadian Quest: William Westall's Australian Sketches
National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1998

10. Flinders, Matthew
A Voyage to Terra Australis; undertaken for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country... in two volumes with an atlas
G and W Nicol, London, 1814

11. Ingleton, G. C.
Charting a Continent
Sydney, 1944

12. Ingleton, G. C.
Matthew Flinders: navigator and chartmaker
Genesis Publications in association with Hedley Australia, 1986

13. Mack, James D.
Matthew Flinders and The British Admiralty Orders to H.M.S. 'Investigator'
reprinted from the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Australian Historical Society

14. Mack, James D.
Matthew Flinders 1774-1814
Nelson, Melbourne, 1966

15. Norst, Marlene J.
Ferdinand Bauer, the Australian natural history drawings
Lothian, Melbourne, 1989

16. Rawson, G.
Matthew Flinders' Narrative of his Voyage in the Schooner Francis 1798
Golden Cockerel Press, London, 1946

17. Retter, Catherine (with Shirley Sinclair)
Letters to Ann: the love story of Matthew Flinders and Ann Chappelle
Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1999

18. Scott, Ernest
The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders, RN
Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1914

19. Westall, William
Drawings by William Westall, landscape artist on board HMS Investigator...
Royal Commonwealth Society, London, 1962.

Related Links

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.

The Navigators (ABC.net)
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'.