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The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders, R.N.

The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders, R.N.

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  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108040617

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  • Matthew Flinders (1774–1814) joined the Royal Navy at fifteen, later claiming to have been inspired by Robinson Crusoe. He served under William Bligh, and charted the Bass Strait in 1798. In 1801 he was commissioned to chart 'New Holland', and so became the first to circumnavigate the island he referred to as Australia. After being shipwrecked on the Barrier Reef and imprisoned for six years on Mauritius on suspicion of spying, he returned to England in 1810 and began work on A Voyage to Terra Australis. He died the day after his book and maps were published. This biography, published in 1914 to mark the centenary of his death, was the first comprehensive study of this central figure of Australian maritime exploration. The leading Australian historian Ernest Scott (1868–1939) based his account on material held in private collections in France as well as on documents deposited in Australian libraries.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108040617
    • length: 612 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus. 10 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Birth and origins
    2. At school and at sea
    3. A voyage under Bligh
    4. The battle off Brest
    5. Australian geography before Flinders
    6. The Reliance and the Tom Thumb
    7. The discovery of Bass Strait
    8. The voyage of the Francis
    9. Circumnavigation of Tasmania
    10. The fate of George Bass
    11. On the Queensland Coast
    12. The Investigator
    13. The French expedition
    14. South Coast discovery
    15. Flinders and Baudin in Encounter Bay
    16. Flinders in Port Phllip
    17. The French at Port Jackson. Péron the spy
    18. Australia circumnavigated
    19. Wrecked on the Barrier Reef
    20. To Ile-de-France in the Cumberland
    21. General Decaen
    22. The captivity
    23. The captivity prolonged
    24. The captivity modified
    25. The order of release
    26. The release
    27. Last years and death of Flinders
    28. Characteristics
    29. The navigator
    30. The naming of Australia
    Appendix
    Bibliography
    Index.

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