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Captain Matthew Flinders RN (16 March 1774 – 19 July 1814) was a distinguished navigator and cartographer, who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent. On his first voyage to New South Wales, he made friends with the ship's surgeon George Bass, and the two of them presently sailed through what became the Bass Strait, confirming that Tasmania was an island. In 1801 he was commissioned to chart the whole coastline of New Holland, and he specially noted the fertile land around Port Phillip, today's Melbourne. Heading back to England in 1803, his vessel needed urgent repairs at Mauritius. Although Britain and France were at war, Flinders thought the scientific nature of his work would ensure safe passage, but a suspicious governor kept him under arrest for more than six years. In captivity, he recorded details of his voyages for future publication, and put forward his rationale for naming the new continent 'Australia', as an umbrella-term for New Holland and New South Wales - a suggestion taken up later by Governor Macquarie.

Personal details

Date of birth
March 16th, 1774
Date of death
July 19th, 1814 at age of 40
Place of death
London, United Kingdom
Places lived
Sydney , Australia
pop. 4,627,345 (2011)
pop. 1,296,303 (2013)




Company Founded Positions
Royal Navy
Official site
Other people associated with Royal Navy
Military Commander

Military service

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Royal Navy

Written work

1.A Voyage to Terra Australis

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1814. at London
1966. at Adelaide

2.Matthew Flinders' narrative of his voyage in the schooner Francis, 1798

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1946. by Golden Cockerel Press at London (100 pages)


1.Division of Flinders

Political District
The Division of Flinders is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division is one of the original 75 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named for Matthew Flinders, the first man to circumnavigate Australia, and the person credited with giving Australia her name. Originally a country seat south and east of Melbourne, Flinders has been gradually cut back to the outer southern suburbs on the Mornington Peninsula, including Dromana, Hastings and Portsea. It has usually been a fairly safe seat for the Liberal Party and its predecessors, who have held it for all but six years since its creation. However, it has occasionally been won by the Australian Labor Party, notably in 1929 when Prime Minister Stanley Bruce was defeated. This was the first time an Australian Prime Minister has lost his own seat at a general election. The seat's most prominent member was Bruce, who held it for all but two years from 1918 to 1933.
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Australian Suburb
Flinders is a historic town south of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located on the Mornington Peninsula at the point where Western Port meets Bass Strait. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. At the 2011 census, Flinders had a population of 860.
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Melbourne, Australia

3.Flinders Bay

Body Of Water
Flinders Bay is a bay and locality that is immediately south of the townsite of Augusta, Western Australia, and close to the mouth of the Blackwood River and lies to the north east of Cape Leeuwin.

4.Flinders Chase National Park

National park
Flinders Chase National Park is a protected area located at the west end of Kangaroo Island, South Australia, about 177 kilometres west-south west of Adelaide and 62 kilometres west-south west of Kingscote. It is a sanctuary for endangered species and home to a few geological phenomena. It was the second national park to be declared in South Australia. It consists of three sections - an area of coastal landscapes around Cape du Couedic in the south west corner of the island, the Gosse Lands in the centre of the west end of the island and the former Cape Borda Lightstation reserve in the north west corner of the island.
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South Australia

5.Flinders Island

Geographical Feature
Flinders Island is an island in Bass Strait. It is 54 kilometres from Cape Portland, the north-eastern tip of Tasmania, Australia and is the largest island in the Furneaux Group.
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6.Flinders Park

Australian Suburb
Flinders Park is a western suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Charles Sturt.
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South Australia

7.Flinders Ranges

Mountain range
The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, which starts approximately 366 km north of Adelaide. The discontinuous ranges stretch for over 430 km from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna. Its most characteristic landmark is Wilpena Pound, a large, sickle-shaped, natural amphitheatre covering nearly 80 square kilometres, containing the range's highest peak, St Mary Peak and adjoining the Flinders Ranges National Park. The northern ranges host the Arkaroola wilderness sanctuary and the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park. The southern part of the ranges are notable for the Pichi Richi scenic railway and Mount Remarkable National Park. Several small areas in the Flinders Ranges are protected as National Parks. These include the Flinders Ranges National Park near Wilpena Pound and the Mount Remarkable National Park in the southern part of the ranges near Melrose. The Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is a scenic protected area at the northern end of the ranges. In addition, the Dutchman's Stern Conservation Park, west of Quorn and the Mount Brown Conservation Park, south of Quorn, are protected areas of the ranges.
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South Australia

8.Flinders River

The Flinders River is the longest river in Queensland, Australia at about 1,004 kilometres. The river rises in the Burra Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, 110 km northeast of Hughenden and flows in a westerly direction past Hughenden, Richmond and Julia Creek then northwest to the Gulf of Carpentaria 25 km west of Karumba, Queensland. The south of the catchment is bordered by the Selwyn Range. At 1,004 km in length it is the sixth longest river in Australia. The catchment covers 109,000 km². The primary land use in the catchment is grazing. The principal tributaries are the Cloncurry River and the Corella River. Another major tributary of the Flinders River is Porcupine Creek. The creek has carved out a dramatic gorge which is located in the Porcupine Gorge National Park. There are two dams on the river - the Flinders River Dam and Corella Dam. A large, flat claypain is located in the area where the Flinders, Gregory and Leichhardt Rivers enter the Gulf. The mouth of the river lies in the Gulf Plains Important Bird Area. The Flinders was named after the explorer Matthew Flinders by John Lort Stokes of the HMS Beagle in 1841.
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9.Flinders Street railway station

Transit Stop
Flinders Street railway station is a railway station on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne, Australia. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network. Backing onto the city reach of the Yarra River in the heart of the city, the complex covers two whole city blocks and extends from Swanston Street to Queen Street. Flinders Street is served by Metro's suburban services, and V/Line regional services to Gippsland. It is the busiest station on Melbourne's metropolitan network, with some 92.6 million passenger movements recorded in 2011/12. It was the first railway station in an Australian city and the world's busiest passenger station in the late 1920s. The main station building, completed in 1909, is a cultural icon of Melbourne, with its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
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10.Flinders Street, Melbourne

Flinders Street is a notable street in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Running roughly parallel to the Yarra River, Flinders Street forms the southern edge of the Hoddle Grid. It is exactly one mile in length and one and half chains in width. It is named for the explorer Matthew Flinders, who was credited with discovering Port Phillip at the time of its naming. It extends eastwards as far as Spring Street and the Treasury Gardens, and westwards past Batman's Hill to the Melbourne Docklands. As the closest street to the river, Flinders Street serviced Melbourne's original river port. Customs House, now the site for Victoria's Immigration Museum, is situated on Flinders Street.
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Melbourne City Centre

11.Flinders University

The Flinders University of South Australia, commonly referred to as Flinders University, is a public university in Adelaide, South Australia. Founded in 1966, it was named in honour of navigator Matthew Flinders, who explored and surveyed the South Australian coastline in the early 19th century. The university has established a reputation as a leading research institution with a devotion to innovation. It is a member of the Innovative Research Universities Group and ranks in the 10-16 bracket in Australia and 36th in the world of those established less than 50 years. Academically, the university pioneered a cross-disciplinary approach to education, and its faculties of medicine and the humanities are ranked among the nation's top 10. The university is also ranked within the world's top 400 institutions in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Founded Headquarters Type Official website
Sturt Road, 5042 - Adelaide, South Australia
Public university

12.Matthew Flinders Anglican College

Matthew Flinders Anglican College is an independent co-ed school located on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in Buderim, approximately 90 kilometres north of Brisbane. It has grown from an enrolment of 160 students in its foundation year, 1990, to over 1300 today. It includes a Primary School and a Secondary School. The school is associated with the Anglican Church of Australia. Outstanding Overall Position and NAPLAN results have seen Flinders named in local, state and national media as one of the top 100 schools in Australia, top 10 schools in Queensland and highest-achieving school in the Sunshine Coast. The adjacent Flinders Early Learning Centre was officially opened in 2007. Flinders offers an extensive co-curricular program and facilities include numerous computer labs, sports centre and a 600 seat Performance Centre.
Geolocation Founded Headquarters Official website
Stringybark Road, 4556 - Buderim, Queensland

13.Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College

High school
Matthew Flinders Girls' Secondary College is an all-girls State secondary school located in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It provides education for students years 7-12.
Located in Geolocation Founded Headquarters Type Official website
Geelong, Australia
Little Ryrie Street, 3220 - Geelong, Victoria
High school


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