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Bass + Flinders Point Plaque
Bass + Flinders Point Plaque

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

The plaque, unveiled after landscaping upgrading work at Bass and Flinders Point, commemorates the 200th anniversary of the journey of George Bass and Matthew Flinders into Port Hacking in 1796. 

Bass and Flinders sailed from England to New South Wales on board the HMS Reliance, arriving at the new colony of Sydney in September 1795.  During this voyage they had become close friends and would together explore and chart much of the eastern coast of Australia southward of Sydney. In March 1796 Bass and Flinders took their single masted yawl of just over 4 metres, the Tom Thumb II, south to what is now known as Lake Illawarra.  During this voyage they discovered, explored and named Port Hacking estuary and camped overnight near the point that is named in their honour.


Address:Gowrie Street & The Esplanade, Bass & Flinders Point, Cronulla , 2230
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.072928
Long: 151.153475
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1796
Approx. Event End Date:1996


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 30th March, 1996
Front Inscription

The official opening of the landscape upgrading work 
to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the journey 
of Bass & Flinders into the Port Hacking took place 
                 on 30 March 1996
                   In the presence of 
           Councillor Lorraine Rodden 
   Mayor, Sutherland Shire Council

The funds for this project were provided equally by 
the NSW Department of Planning and Urban Affairs
and Sutherland Shire Council 

D. V. Abbott 
Director / Engineering

Source: MA
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