9781441179623

Matthew Flinders, Maritime Explorer of Australia

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    9781441179623

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    1441179623

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-03-24
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

This book provides a thoroughly researched biography of the naval career of Matthew Flinders, with particular emphasis on his importance for the maritime discovery of Australia. Sailing in the wake of the eighteenth-century voyages of exploration by Captain Cook and others, Flinders was the first naval commander to circumnavigate Australia's coastline. He contributed more to the mapping and naming of places in Australia than virtually any other single person. His voyage to Australia on H.M.S. Investigator expanded the scope of imperial, geographical and scientific knowledge. This biography places Flinders's career within the context of Pacific exploration and the early white settlement of Australia. Flinders's connections with other explorers, his use of patronage, the dissemination of his findings, and his posthumous reputation are also discussed in what is an important new scholarly work in the field.


Author Biography

Kenneth Morgan is Professor of History at Brunel University, London, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction \ 1. The Young Midshipman \ 2. Encounter with Australia \ 3. Circumnavigating Van Diemen's Land \ 4. Voyaging on the Norfolk \ 5. A plan to circumnavigate Australia \ 6. The Investigator sets sail \ 7. The Unknown South Coast \ 8. From Encounter Bay to Sydney \ 9. The East Coast and the Gulf of Carpentaria \ 10. The circumnavigation aborted \ 11. Detention on Mauritius \ 12. A Voyage to Terra Australis \ Conclusion \ Bibliography \ Index

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