From 1802 -
1803, Matthew Flinders circumnavigated the continent in a leaky and rotting vessel,
'Investigator', producing a map of remarkable accuracy on which for the first time the
word Australia was provocatively inscribed.
Flinders proved there was one landmass: the east, New South Wales, was
joined to the west, New Holland. He had already proven that Tasmania was separated from
the mainland by a navigable strait. Matthew Flinders gave Australians their geographic
identity, a necessary precursor to political federation a century later.
Flinders handwritten logbooks and journals provide the earliest
observations of parts of the Australian coast, the flora and fauna, as well as recording
his contact with indigenous Australians.
The story of Flinders intrepid cat Trim', of whom he wrote
so fondly, adds another dimension to our understanding of a unique man, Matthew Flinders.
Join a Windeward Bound voyage
and you will gain an insight and
understanding of the remarkable
achievements of Matthew Flinders.