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Matthew Flinders: The Investigator in Port Phillip, April - May 1801

by: Matthew Flinders
published by: The Banks Society


This is Matthew Flinders's own account of the Investigator's survey of Port Phillip, the first detailed exploration of the bay and surrounding country. Flinders was not the first navigator to enter Port Phillip - John Murray had discovered the entrance and the bay ten weeks before Flinders arrived in April 1802. In five days, Flinders climbed Arthurs Seat, landed at Mornington and Indented Head, crossed Corio Bay, climbed the You Yangs, and explored Swan Bay and Queenscliffe. In this book, his account of that period is edited and adapted from 'A Voyage to Terra Australis', and some of his charts and drawings by William Westall are included.

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