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09-October-2014
09-October-2014

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A plaque commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Matthew Flinders.

Matthew Flinders, was amongst the most accomplished navigators and chart-makers of any age. In 1798 he sailed south from Sydney in the sloop Norfolk, passed through Bass Strait and circumnavigated Van Diemens Land (Tasmania), thus proving it to be an island. From 1801 to 1803 he circumnavigated mainland Australia in HMS Investigator.

Location

Address:Macquarie Street, Northern Forecourt Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, 2000
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.856138
Long: 151.215003
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

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

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 16th March, 1974
Front Inscription

CAPTAIN MATTHEW FLINDERS R.N.
1774 - 1814

This Plaque Commemorates The 200th Anniversary Of The Birth Of Captain Matthew Flinders R.N. At Donington, England, On 16th March, 1774.
Captain Matthew Flinders Was The First Person To Circumnavigate This Continent And Was Largely Responsible For The Use Of The Name " Australia." He Determined The Geographical Position Of This Point In 1795 And Again In 1802 And Used It As The Initial Point In His Surveys Of Port Jackson And The Coastline Of Australia. 

Placed By The Institution Of Surveyors, Australia, NSW Division.

Unveiled On The 16th March 1974, By  The Honourable Sir Robert Askin, K.C.M.G., M.L.A., Premier & Treasurer Of New South Wales.

K.J.Blume, F.I.S.AUST.,       L.N.Fletcher, F.I.S., AUST.,
President.                            Surveyor General.

 

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