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Memory Cove
Memory Cove
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The plaque is a replica of the original which is held in the South Australian Maritime Museum. The original plaque was erected by Matthew Flinders at Memory Cove, 1802, after the accidental drowning of eight of the ship's company.

In February 1802 Captain Matthew Flinders in his ship Investigator was hard at work charting the coast of South Australia. The ship was charting the whole Southern Australian coastline from west to east. Flinders found the entrance to a large gulf which he named Spencer's Gulf after Earl Spencer, First Lord of the Admiralty in Britain.

On 22 February Flinders anchored in a cove near the entrance of Spencer's Gulf. There, on 24 February he erected a tablet in memory of John Thistle, the master, William Taylor, midshipman, and six of the crew who, as Flinders wrote, were 'unfortunately drowned near this place from being upset in a boat. The wreck of the boat was found but their bodies were not recovered'. Flinders named the cove, Memory Cove, and the nearby cape, Cape Catastrophe.

He had erected South Australia's first memorial which was an engraved sheet of copper attached to a stout post. Replacement plates were mounted at Memory Cove in 1897 and again in 1924.


Address:Memory Cove, Lincoln National Park, 5607
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.963889
Long: 135.988889
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1924
Front Inscription


H.M.S. Investigator,  M Flinders Comr.
Anchored here Feby. 22nd. 1802.

Mr. John Thistle The Master 
Mr. William Taylor Midn. And

Six Of The Crew Were Most
Unfortunately Drowned Near This
Place From Being Upset In A Boat.
The Wreck Of The Boat Was Found
But Their Bodies Were Not


Source: MA
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