Rob Mundle has a new book just released in hardcover in Australia and for Kindle elsewhere, Flinders: The man who mapped Australia.
Shipwreck, storms, death and danger – and the race to beat the French
Two hundred years ago, in the romantic age of exploration, Matthew Flinders became the first to circumnavigate and chart the treacherous Terra Australis coastline. Literally, he is the man who put Australia on the map.
Inspired to follow a life at sea after reading Robinson Crusoe, Flinders rose through the ranks of the British navy to become a great seafarer, an accomplished leader and an exceptional navigator and cartographer, often braving the boiling fury of a storm-lashed ocean in boats hardly seaworthy in the name of science and discovery.