The Life of Matthew Flinders

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Allen & Unwin, 2002 - 538
Matthew Flinders was just 17 when he first saw Terra Australis, and unlocking its mysteries would become the burning motivation for the rest of his short life - at times at terrible cost to himself and others. Flinders joined the Royal Navy as a teenager, journeyed to Tahiti with Bligh's second - and successful - breadfruit voyage, fought the French in the Caribbean and the Atlantic and sailed with Australia's second governor, John Hunter, to the distant colony of New South Wales. The strange, unmapped continent captured his imagination and exploring its uncharted shores became the central goal of his life. Winning the support of the influential Joseph Banks, he received command of the HMS Investigator on an epic voyage to explore and chart the entire Australian coast.
 

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FROM THE FENS TO THE SEA
1
WAR 2 8
28
THE COLONY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
41
THE TOM THUMB ADVENTURES
52
No SHIP EVER WENT TO SEA So MUCH LUMBERD
62
VAN DIEMENS LANDAN ISLAND?
68
COLONIAL AFFAIRS
81
NORTH ON THE EAST COAST 1799
94
THE JOURNEY BACK
268
THE PORPOISE
279
SHIPWRECK
292
MAURITIUS
312
DETENTION
319
THE GARDEN PRISON
333
LETTERS
349
WILHEMS PLAINS
363

F ADVERSE FORTUNE DOES NOT OPPOSE
109
ENLIGHTENMENT AND EXPLORATION
120
A SHIP Is FITTING OUT FOR ME
133
A POSSIBILITY OF MARRIAGE
149
THE VOYAGE OUT
167
TERRA AUSTRALIS
177
TRAGEDY AT No 12 INLET
189
ENCOUNTER BAY
198
SYDNEY1802
210
THE CIRCUMNAVIGATION BEGINS
225
THE STRAIT AND THE GULF
241
DIVERSE ENCOUNTERS
259
THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN ME
384
INTIMATIONS OF FREEDOM
399
Six YEARS FIVE MONTHS AND TWENTYSEVEN DAYS
412
THE RETURN
422
A VOYAGE TO TERRA AUSTRALIS
441
THE FINAL YEARS
463
MATTHEW FLINDERSCONCLUSION
476
ENDNOTES
482
BIBLIOGRAPHY
505
INDEX
514
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Strona 46 - I had the happiness to find a man whose ardour for discovery was not to be repressed by any obstacles, nor deterred by danger; and with this friend a determination was formed of completing the examination of the east coast of New South Wales, by all such opportunities as the duty of the ship, and procurable means, could admit.
Strona 198 - ... been selected for the closing scene of their existence. Certainly none more likely to be free from disturbance of every kind could have been chosen, than these islets...
Strona 450 - Had I permitted myself any innovation upon the original term (Terra Australis), it would have been to convert it into Australia, as being more agreeable to the ear and an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth.
Strona 234 - We had wheat sheaves, mushrooms, stags horns, cabbage leaves, and a variety of other forms, glowing under water with vivid tints of every shade betwixt green, purple, brown and white; equalling in beauty and excelling in grandeur the most favourite parterre of the curious florist.
Strona 107 - I must acknowledge myself to have been disappointed in not being able to penetrate into the interior of New South Wales, by either of the openings examined in this expedition ; but, however mortifying the conviction might be...
Strona 160 - Lordships' sentiments should continue the same, what- unless ever may be my disappointment, I shall give up the wife for the ohj"'''.' ' voyage of discovery; and I would beg of you, Sir Joseph, to be assured that even the circumstance will not damp the ardor I feel to accomplish the important purpose of the present voyage, and in a way that shall preclude the necessity of any one following after me to explore.
Strona 150 - Thou hast asked me if there is a POSSIBILITY of our living together. I think I see a PROBABILITY of living with a moderate share of comfort. Till now I was not certain of being able to fit myself out clear of the world. I have now done it, and have accommodation on board the Investigator, in which as my wife a woman may, with love to assist her, make herself happy. This prospect has recalled all the tenderness which I have so sedulously endeavoured to banish. I am sent for to London, where I shall...
Strona 163 - I heard with pain many severe remarks on these matters, and in defence I could only say that, as Capt. Flinders is a sensible man and a good seaman, such matters could only be attributed to the laxity of discipline which always takes place when the captain's wife is on board, and that such lax discipline could never again take place because you had wisely resolved to leave Mrs. Flinders with her relations.
Strona 83 - I am mortified that so little has been done towards putting you more at your | ; but be assured that the situation of Europe is at present so critical, and his Majesty's Ministers so fully employed in business of the deepest importance, that it is scarce possible to gain a moment's audience on any subject but those which stand foremost in their minds, and colonies of all kinds, you may be assured, are now put into the background.
Strona 187 - ... perceived above the bank in the greater part of its course, assist in forming some conjecture of what may be within it ; which cannot, as I judge in such case, be other than flat sandy plains or water. The bank may even be a narrow barrier between an interior and the exterior sea, and much do I regret...

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Miriam Estensen has researched Flinders' life in England, Australia and Mauritius. In doing so, she has broken new ground: she is able to create a well-rounded picture of the man as he was seen by his companions, friends and enemies, full of vivid descriptions of his times and the events he was a part of. She is the author of

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