Captain Matthew Flinders Statue

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Captain Matthew Flinders Statue

Captain Matthew Flinders Statue
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia26,852 contributions
Identified Australia as a continent
Apr 2021
Captain Matthew Flinders Statue, at the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, outside St Paul`s Anglican Cathedral, commemorates navigator and cartographer, Matthew Flinders who was the first to circumnavigate Australia, at the end of the 18th and the turn of the 19th centuries.
Written June 18, 2021
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AndyJohn74
Melbourne, Australia1,671 contributions
One of Australia’s historical figures.
Feb 2021 • Solo
The statue of Captain Matthew Flinders is located just outside St Paul’s Cathedral along Swanston Street. A tall statue on a granite plinth is a reminder of the first person to circumnavigate the continent we now call Australia.
Written February 8, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,503 contributions
First sailor to circumnavigate Australia
Nov 2020
Captain Matthew Flinders RN (1774-1814) circumnavigated Australia for the first time, mapping it in 1803. It is on the Swanston St side of St Paul's Anglican cathedral. It is a fine statue, showing Flinders looking ahead. I was erected by public subscription in 1925.
Written November 27, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,503 contributions
The first man to circumnavigate Australia
Mar 2020
Captain Metthew Flinders was a gifted naviagator. He sailed in a small boat around Australia -- the first time this had been done. He also mapped the coast of the isand continent. Like mamy heeroes, his acheivements faded from public view, until a recent revival of interest. The statue of Flinders, standing in realistic form in the bow of a boat, supported by two seamen can be found in the grounds of St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, on the Swanston St side.
Written March 27, 2020
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,157 contributions
to a great navigator
Nov 2019
Staying at a hotel on Flinders Street, facing Flinders Railway Station and having also walked through nearby Flinders Lane I was glad to come upon the Captain Mathew Flinders Statue on Swanston Street, just by St.Paul's Cathedral. It is an about six meters high monument with a bronze sculpture on top of a granite plinth.

Quite original is the fact that Mathew Flinders is shown here in his captain's uniform, standing on the prow of a boat, that gets pushed and pulled ashore by two sailors. The monument was unveiled in 1925 by the mayor in front of a big crowd, but unfortunately not with the local sculptor Charles Web Gilbert, who had passed away at the age of 38 just one month earlier. It says that the bronze statue was cast in Paris.

Captain Mathew Flinders, a British navigator and cartographer, is credited with having circumnavigated for the first time the Australian continent and of having discovered the passage between Australia and Tasmania. He passed away in 1814 at the age of forty in London.
Written January 24, 2020
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia23,218 contributions
Proud Statue Of Flinders-Revenge Of The Seagulls
Aug 2019
Mathew Flinders circumnavigated and mapped Australia and made the journey three times between 1791 and 1810. His magnificent bronze statue sits proudly overlooking Swanston Street adjacent to St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne and a giant hole to become, at some time an underground railway line. Although not written in the history books, one can assume a longing for roast chicken and on the long voyage a seagull or two may have entered the cooking pot.On the occasion I have passed this great bronze statue,cast in Paris and erected in 1911 at a cost of Pound 2,100, paid for by public subscription, the seagulls have had their revenge as the photo shows. A great statue however and thank you Mathew Flinders.
Written August 20, 2019
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Mark G
Melbourne, Australia1,642 contributions
Unknown in UK, legend in Australia
Mar 2019 • Couples
In the news recently as his grave was recently rediscovered the Euston car park of all places. A great explorer, navigator and administrator in Australia. Why is there not a book about him?
Written May 7, 2019
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Swisshen
Melbourne, Australia2,104 contributions
Unsung Hero
Mar 2019 • Couples
The statue is front of St. Paul's Cathedral. Captain Flinders was an English navigator and map maker. He was also responsible for coming up with the name Australia, and identifying it as a continent. He explored the coastline around Sydney in a tiny open boat called Tom Thumb, and also proved that Tasmania was an island by finding and sailing through Bass Strait In Australia he has been celebrated on stamps and bank notes in the past. In the UK he is not really well known, but after over a hundred years they discovered his grave.
Written April 20, 2019
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Bendigo, Australia24,537 contributions
£2,100
Mar 2019 • Solo
In 1922 C. Web Gilbert was elected to create the statue. The bronze statue itself was cast in Paris by Barbedienne, and sadly Gilbert died just days before it returned to Melbourne. It was unveiled by the Governor, Lord Stradbroke on November 7 1925, in the presence of more than 3000 people.

But who was Matthew Flinders? Well he was a navigator and cartographer who led the first circumnavigation of Australia and identified it as a continent. From a young age he felt induced to go to sea because he read Robinson Crusoe , and thus joined the Navy at the age of 15.

Interestingly enough... when he passed away... his grave was lost by the middle of the 19th century but archaeologists excavating a former burial ground near London's Euston railway station for the HS2 project, reported in January 2019 that his remains had been identified.

So this statue sits prominently next to St Paul's Cathedral ... which also came after a lot of public debating about it's location ... thankfully St Paul's had granted permission for it to sit on it's grounds and thus it has a prime position in Melbourne. It's a striking statue and well worth stopping to look at.
Written March 23, 2019
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