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Matthew Flinders : personal letters from an extraordinary life

Author: Matthew Flinders; Paul Brunton; State Library of New South Wales.
Publisher: Sydney : Hordern House in association with the State Library of New South Wales, 2002.
Series: Mitchell heritage series, no. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This wonderful collection of letters chronicles the extraordinary life of Flinders, and is designed to give an insight into his fascinating career. In just twenty-three years, from 1791 to his death at the age of forty in 1814, Flinders served under William Bligh on the famous breadfruit expedition to Jamaica, fought a celebrated battle against the French, discovered Bass Strait and charted Tasmania, circumnavigated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Matthew Flinders; Matthew Flinders
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Flinders; Paul Brunton; State Library of New South Wales.
ISBN: 1875567321 9781875567324
OCLC Number: 50165135
Notes: "First published in 2002 in an edition of 2000 copies by Hordern House Rare Books Pty. Ltd. in association with the State Library of New South Wales"--Title page verso.
Description: 262 pages : color illustrations, map, color portraits ; 25 cm.
Series Title: Mitchell heritage series, no. 1.
Responsibility: edited by Paul Brunton.

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This wonderful collection of letters chronicles the extraordinary life of Flinders, and is designed to give an insight into his fascinating career. In just twenty-three years, from 1791 to his death at the age of forty in 1814, Flinders served under William Bligh on the famous breadfruit expedition to Jamaica, fought a celebrated battle against the French, discovered Bass Strait and charted Tasmania, circumnavigated the Australian continent, and wrote one of the legendary books of exploration. This beautifully illustrated publication offers over one hundred of Flinders? letters, documenting his life?s great achievements. It includes highlights such as the historically significant letter to Sir Joseph Banks, volunteering for the formidable task of completing the discovery of New Holland, and a recently discovered letter from Flinders to George Bass, which throws new light on their intimate relationship.

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