Matthew Flinders

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Birthday
16, 1774
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 19, 1814 (40)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
16, 1774
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 19, 1814 (40)

About

He became the first European explorer to sail around Australia and prove that it was a continent.

Before Fame

Daniel Defoe's classic novel Robinson Crusoe convinced him to dedicate his life to sea exploration.

Trivia

His book, A Voyage to Terra Australis, became a popular read after his death.

Family Life

He married Ann Chappelle in 1801. His father, also named Matthew, was a surgeon.

Associated With

Early in his career, he voyaged to Tahiti under the leadership of Captain William Bligh.