Matthew Flinders was born in Donington, Lincolnshire 16 March 1774 and died 19 July 1814.
He was an English naval officer and one of the most iconic explorers in Australian history.
Flinders was the first to circumnavigate the island of Tasmania (then called Van Die
men’s Land) and later the mainland of Australia.
Flinders also gave the name Terra Australis to the land mass that he described in his charts in 1804.
The life of this great explorer was celebrated in London on Friday 18 July 2014 when HRH The Duke of Cambridge unveiled a memorial statue of Flinders at Australia House.
The statue will be permanently installed on Euston station in London where it will be seen by thousands of people daily.
At the conclusion of the unveiling ceremony HRH The Duke of Cambridge received a gift of an Anlaby pure wool merino baby blanket for HRH Prince George of Cambridge.