Terra Australis: Matthew Flinders' Great Adventures in the Circumnavigation of Australia

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Matthew Flinders is the man who gave Australia its name...


A Voyage to Terra Australis, first published in two volumes in 1814, is his masterwork in which he vividly describes his voyages to map the great island continent between 1796 and 1803.

Brilliantly edited and introduced by Tim Flannery, this version includes the journey Flinders made with George Bass to prove that Tasmania is an island, his herculean voyage in the Investigator circumnavigating Australia and his account of the wreck of the Porpoise. Flinders writes about hi meetings with Aborigines, his encounters with French explorers and Macassan fishing fleets, and about the unforgettable wilderness of Australia.