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Matthew Flinders
Matthew Flinders

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Graeme Saunders

In 1900, George McCrae suggested the erection of a monument to the explorer Matthew Flinders, and a large sum of money was raised, but deaths in the committee and World War One followed.

The committee was re-constituted in 1919 and the design costing 1500 pounds was approved, and the site selected.


Address:Flinders & Swanston Streets, St Paul`s Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.816962
Long: 144.967495
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Charles Web Gilbert


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 8th November, 1925
Front Inscription

Captain Matthew Flinders R.N. (1774-1814),


Erected by Public Subscription 1925

Inscription in Proximity

Captain Matthew Flinders 1923-1925
Charles Web Gilbert (1887 - 1925)

At twenty-one Matthew Flinders was bothan outstanding navigator and an experienced seaman, having been apprenticed to the notorious Captain William Bligh.  Together with George Bass, Flinders circumnavigated Tasmania, then thought to be part of the mainland , in the ship Norfolk.   He explored much of the eastern coastline often by open boat, but it best remembered for having successfully circumnavigated and mapped Australia for the first time in 1803, a voyage he began in 1801.  The colonial imperative for this task was a fear that the French would claim part or all of the continent.  The artist Charles Web Gilbert ws responsible for a number of important commissions within Australia and overseas. 

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