Captain Matthew Flinders: One Of The Most Successful Navigators Of Australia

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Register to read the introduction… At Cape Catastrophe the expedition suffered the loss of the ship's boat and its eight sailors, including Flinders' close associate, John Thistle. Dramatic moments occurred while passing through the Great Barrier Reef, in the Gulf of Carpentaria during hostilities with aborigines, and at the inspection of the ship's deteriorating hull in the North. After reprovisioning at Timor, an increasing number of crew developed dysentry, and with a mounting death toll and a heavy heart, Flinders was forced to abandon the remainder of his survey, and head for Port Jackson with all …show more content…
On his next attempt to get home, in the Cumberland, he was detained by the French on Mauritius. His long imprisonment, combined with harsh conditions during his years at sea, may have contributed to his declining health, although some writers disagree with this suggestion.

Finally returning to England he gained an overdue promotion, but failed to gain fame, or even due recognition, for his accomplishments. After years of absence, Matthew and his beloved Ann resumed married life, and a daughter, Anne, was born to the couple.

Matthew Flinders died on 19 July, 1814, in London, after having lapsed into a coma as a result of his illness.
His widow, Ann, and daughter, Anne, suffered financial difficulties over the following years. Several decades later the governments of the NSW and Victorian colonies offered financial assistance, and while Ann had died, Anne used this money to help bring up and educate Matthew and Ann Flinders' grandson, William Matthew Flinders Petrie, who became prominent in his own right.

The geography of Australia's coastline was of vital importance to Matthew Flinders; he placed the highest priority upon filling in the blanks on existing charts, and was the first to explore the vast length of the southern

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