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The Life of Matthew Flinders

The Life of Matthew Flinders by Miriam Estensen
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'In Estensen, Flinders has at last found his Boswell.' Paul, Brunton, The Weekend Australian

'Estensen's book is a work of painstaking scholarship, worn lightly - it will be an enduring contribution to Australian history.' Gillian Dooley, Australian Book Review

'Estensen gives us the ups and downs of the man in the commander's jacket. She has taken an 18th century mariner and made a 21st century man of him.' Martin Terry, Sydney Morning Herald

In 1790, a stubborn sixteen-year-old defied his father and went to sea. Here began the remarkable career of Matthew Flinders R.N., a career that ended I his fortieth year just days after the publication of A Voyage to Terra Australis, his life's work detailing his epic voyage of circumnavigation of the Great South Land.

The Life of Matthew Flinders is a story of persistence and audacious risk-taking, driving ambition and frustration, obstinate determination and doubt. It is a richly detailed account of tragedy and short-lived triumph, of exile on an enemy island, of love thwarted and a painful early death. It is also the story of a man who became one of the great navigators of the nineteenth century, an adventurer who left an indelible mark on a continent and a nation.

Miriam Estensen lives with her husband, a retired sea captain, on Australia's Gold Coast. She divides her time between researching the life of George Bass, Matthew Flinders' close friend and fellow adventurer, and investigating a new theory of the origins of the Viking outbreak. Her Discovery: The Quest for the Great South Land was published in Sydney and New York to critical acclaim.

Allen & Unwin; October 2003
ISBN 9781741155334
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Title: The Life of Matthew Flinders
Author: Miriam Estensen