Matthew Flinders Timeline
Matthew Flinders is born in Donington, Lincolnshire.
Matthew Flinders enlisted in the Royal Navy at the age of 15.
Matthew Flinders sails with Captain Bligh to Van Diemen’s Land on Bligh's Second Breadfruit Voyage.
Matthew Flinders proves that Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) is an island separated from mainland Australia by Bass Strait.
1801 - 1803
Matthew Flinders surveys and maps the Australian coastline. He is accused of espionage and imprisoned on Mauritius for nearly seven years.
Matthew Flinders returns to England to prepare reports and charts for his publication, A Voyage to Terra Australis.
19 Jul 1814
Matthew Flinders dies at age 40.