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Biographical entry Flinders, Matthew (1774 - 1814)

Born
16 March 1774
Donington, Lincolnshire, England
Died
19 July 1814
London, England
Occupation
Surveyor and Hydrographer

Summary

Matthew Flinders, in company with George Bass, made explorations of the eastern coast of New South Wales 1797-98, and circumnavigated Tasmania 1798-99. In 1801-3 he commanded the "Investigator" on a survey and scientific investigation of the Australian coast.

Details

Born Donington, Lincolnshire, England, 16 March 1774. Educated Horbling Grammar School. Joined the navy 1789;

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Angus & Robertson - Records, 1824 - 1933, ML MSS 314; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Louis Henri desaulses de Freycinet - Records, 1803 - 1809, FM 4/1740; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1803 - 1810, ML DOC 2644; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1789 - 1814, ML DOC 1137; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1792 - 1793, A4055; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1801 - 1813, B1402; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1803 - 1804, ML MSS 2592; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, C247-9; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1795 - 1999, FM 3/688; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1805, ML DOC 1579; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1801 - 1814, ML DOC 2727; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1802, ML MSS 204X; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1809, ML DOC 2943; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1908, ML DOC 3328; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, ML MSS 732; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1814, ML DOC 905; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1774 - 1960, PRG 17; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Matthew Flinders - Records, 1791 - 1803; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Brunton, Paul, Matthew Flinders: the Ultimate Voyage, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 2001, 34 pp. Details
  • Estensen, Miriam, The Life of Matthew Flinders, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2002, 560 pp. Details
  • Flinders, Matthew, The Investigator in Port Phillip, April-May 1802, Banks Society Publications, Malvern, 2002, 36 pp. Details
  • Flinders, Matthew: edited by Morgan, Kenneth, Australia circumnavigated: the voyage of Matthew Flinders in HMS Investigator, 1801-1803, Haklyut Society, London, 2015, 1026 pp. Details
  • Fornasiero, Jean, Monteath, Peter and West-sooby, John, Encountering Terra Australis: the Australian Voyages of Nicholas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, S.A., 2009, 425 pp. Details
  • Morgan, Kenneth, Matthew Flinders, maritime explorer of Australia, Bloomsbury, London, 2015, 336 pp. Details
  • Mundle, Rob, Flinders: the Man who Mapped Australia, Hachette Australia, Sydney, 2012, 386 pp. Details
  • Toft, Klaus, The Navigators: Flinders vs Baudin: the Race Between Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin to Discover the Fabled Passage through the Middle of Australia, Duffy and Snellgrove, Sydney, 2002, 354 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Cooper, H. M., 'Flinders, Matthew (1774-1814), navigator, hydrographer and scientist', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966, pp. 389-391. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010364b.htm. Details
  • Edwards, Phyllis, 'The botany of Flinders voyage', in Carr, D. J. and Carr, S. G. M. (eds), People and Plants in Australia, 1981. Details

Edited Books

  • Brunton, Paul (ed.), Matthew Flinders: Personal Letters from an Extraordinary Life, Hordern House in association with the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 2002, 262 pp. Details
  • Thomas, Sarah (ed.), The Encounter, 1802: Art of the Flinders and Baudin Voyages, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2002, 228 pp. Details
  • Wege, Juliette (ed.), Matthew Flinders and his Scientific Gentlemen: the Expedition of HMS Investigator to Australia, 1801-05, Western Australian Museum, Perth, 2006, 184 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Burnby, J. G. L., 'Some Flinders Family History: Connections with Pharmacy', Australian Journal of Pharmacy, vol. 68, 1987, pp. 61-66. Details
  • Davis, Michael, 'Encountering Aboriginal Knowledge: Explorer Narratives on North-east Queensland, 1770 to 1820', Aboriginal History, vol. 37, 2014, pp. 29-50. Details
  • Edwards, P. I., 'Robert Brown (1773-1858) and the natural history of Matthew Flinders' voyage in H.M.S. Investigator, 1801-1805', Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History, vol. 7, no. 4, 1976, pp. 385-407. Details
  • Edwards, P. I., 'Robert Brown (1773-1858) and the natural history of Matthew Flinders' voyage in H.M.S. Investigator, 1801-05', Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History, vol. 7, 1976, pp. 385-407. Details
  • Giblin, R.W., 'Flinders, Baudin and Brown at Encounter Bay', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1929, pp. 1-6. Details
  • Gooch, R., 'Puzzling over Early Flinders Charts', Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 78, 2007, pp. 5-22. Details
  • Monteath, Peter, 'The Making of Matthew Flinders', Journal of the Royal Historical Society of South Australia, no. 30, 2002, pp. 42-51. Details
  • Russell, H.C., 'Astronomical and Meteorological Workers in New South Wales, 1778-1860', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, vol. 1, 1888, pp. 45-94. Details
  • Whitley, Gilbert P., 'Some Early Naturalists and Collectors in Australia', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. xix, 1933, pp. 291-304. Details

Reviews

  • Cook, A., review of Matthew Flinders and his scientific gentlemen: the expedition fo HMS Investigator to Australia, 1801-05, Archives of Natural History, vol. 35, 2008, pp. 368-9. Details
  • Moyal, Ann, review of Thomas, Sarah (ed.), The Encounter, 1802: Art of the Flinders and Baudin Voyages, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2002, 228 pp., Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 14, no. 2, 2002, pp. 237-241. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/?act=view_file&file_id=HR02011.pdf. Details

Seminar Papers

  • Brock, John F., 'Cook-Bligh-Flinders-King: the quadrilogy of master mariners', in given in The Discovery Room, Australian Museum, Tuesday 6pm, Australian Science History Club, Sydney, 13 September 2005. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Federation and Meteorology, 2001, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/fam/index_f.html. Details
  • Edwards, P. I. (ed.), The journal of Peter Good, gardener on Matthew Flinders voyage to Terra Australia 1801-03 London (1981, British Museum (Natural History), London, 1981, 213 pp. Details
  • Vallance, T. G. and Moore, D. T., 'Geological Aspects of the Voyage of H.M.S. Investigator in Australian Waters, 1801-5', Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History): Historical Series, vol. 10, no. 1, 1982, pp. 1-43. Details

McCarthy, G.J.