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The monument commemorates the landing of Matthew Flinders.

Captain Matthew Flinders RN(1774 – 1814) was a distinguished English navigator and cartographer, who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent. Flinders made three voyages to the southern ocean (August 1791 – August 1793, February 1795 – August 1800 and July 1801 – October 1810).

On 22nd July 1802 he sailed north along the eastern coast of New South Wales and Queensland. He made a detailed survey of the Queensland coast up to the Gulf of Carpentaria. He explored Keppel Bay and Capricorn Coast between 9th August and 20th October 1802, landing at Curtis Island, Port Clinton, Shoalwater Bay and Percy Islands. Soon after passing through Torres Strait, the Investigator was found to be not only leaking badly but also the timbers were rotten. He eventually circumnavigated Australia arriving at Port Jackson on 9th June 1803.


Address:Solander Esplanade, Col Fisher Park, Banksia Beach, 4507
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.491078
Long: 150.980147
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Designer:Kirsti Simpson (Designer)
Artist:Tom Farrell (Sculptor)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 16th July, 1988
Front Inscription
Matthew Flinders Story
Left Side Inscription

The concept of this monument was designed by Miss Kirsti Simpson depicting the Earth`s northern and southern hemispheres joined by early navigators.

This piece of Helidon stone was sculpted by Mr Tom Farrell to depict the Matthew Flinders story

The work was sponsored by the Australian Bicentennial Authority Federal Heritage Programme, Vercorp Developers of Solander Shores and the Bribie Island Bicentennial Community Committee

This monument was unveiled on the 16th July.

The anniversary of Flinders landing by Lt. Commdr D. M. Kidd, R.A.N.E.M.

Source: MA
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