On this day July 14, 1814, the book “A Voyage to Terra Australis” is published. This book was undertaken by explorer Matthew Flinders: ‘for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country, and prosecuted in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803, in His Majesty’s ship the Investigator’. The book was published a day before Flinders died and it is her that he suggests the name Terra Australis for the Great South Land. During much of his voyage Flinders was accompanied by his faithful cat Trim. The Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, boasts important papers and artefacts (including the above portrait miniature) that once belonged to Flinders as well as statues to commemorate both Flinders and Trim outside it’s Macquarie Street side.
This chart showing tracks of the ‘Investigator’, 'Cumberland’ and 'Porpoise’, 1801-1803, and meteorological information. Relief shown by bathymetric soundings. (Plate 1 from atlas: A Voyage to Terra Australis by Matthew Flinders. London: G. &. W. Nicol, 1814).
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