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18-November-2013
18-November-2013
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A plaque commemorates the 173rd birthday of the explorer Matthew Flinders.

There was a disappointing attendance at functions held in Gladstone on Saturday afternoon to commemorate the 173rd anniversary of the birthday of Captain Matthew Flinders and his charting of the coast of Queensland at Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Gladstone. Mr R. G. Gillies, treasurer of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia in Queensland, made special trip to Gladstone for the ceremonies, during the course of which he gave a brief history of the great navigator's career. The first ceremony was in Endeavour Street, adjacent to Victoria Park, where a number of trees were planted. These were mainly " Flindersia Australis," but two "Buckinghamia" trees were also planted. During the ceremonies Mr P. M. Jones took moving pictures.

The party then moved to the Town Hall where Mr Gillies asked the Mayoress (Mrs J. F. O'Malley) to unveil a plaque, which he had presented, the inscription of which read: "Commemorating 173rd birthday of Captain Matthew Flinders, who circumnavigated Australia, unveiled by Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Q'ld) 16.3.1947.
Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld), 18 March 1947.

Location

Address:Goondoon Street, Regional Art Gallery and Museum, Gladstone, 4680
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.845183
Long: 151.257127
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Discovery

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 16th March, 1947
Front Inscription

          Commemorating
         173rd Birthday
                 Of
CAPTAIN MATTHEW FLINDERS
Who Circumnavigated
              Australia
            Unveiled By
Royal Geographical Society
     Of Australasia (Qld.)

          16 - 3 - 1947.

Source: MA
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