Matthew Flinders


Birthday March 16, 1774

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace England

DEATH DATE Jun 19, 1814 (40)

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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.


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.