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A cairn erected in the supposed locality of his first landing on Kangaroo Island commemorates Matthew Flinders.

Note : This monument is on private property and public access is not allowed.

Captain Matthew Flinders, and his hungry crew members, discovered Kangaroo Island on 21 March 1802 after landing near Kangaroo Head on the north coast of Dudley Peninsula. They found no inhabitants but were compensated for this by the discovery of what they needed most of all - fresh food. In his journal Flinders wrote that the whole ship`s company was employed in the skinning and cleaning of kangaroos. In gratitude for such a supply, he named it Kangaroo Island.

While the workmen were on the island in 1906 erecting a shelter for the Frenchman's Rock, Mrs. Bertha Stow, the mistress of the Penneshaw school, suggested that it would be a good opportunity to erect a monument as close as possible to the headland on which Flinders first landed. A solid cairn of stones picked up in the neighborhood was erected as a result on the headland on which Flinders most probably landed. It is about 11 ft. high, and can be seen distinctly from vessels entering or leaving the gulf by Backstairs Passage. It is supposed that it was from this point that Flinders saw and named Mount Lofty.
The Mail (Adelaide), 4 November 1933.


Address:Kangaroo Head, Penneshaw, 5223
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.716978
Long: 137.907056
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:21-March-1802
Actual Event End Date:21-March-1802


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1906
Source: SAM, MA
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