A Voyage to Terra Australis, Vol. 1

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2010-08-26
Publisher(s): Cambridge Univ Pr
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In the early nineteenth century, Australia remained largely uncharted, and doubt prevailed as to its unity as a continent. The 1801 expedition led by English mariner and cartographer Matthew Flinders (1774-1814), on board the Investigator, was groundbreaking in this respect. Flinders' charting of the Australian coastline provided the first complete map outlining the continent, and his influence was decisive in changing its name from Terra Australis to Australia - a term 'more agreeable to the ear'. Structured around daily geographical and astronomical observations, Flinders' journals are remarkable for their humanity and their sense of humour. Started in 1801, they continue to include Flinders' imprisonment by the French in the island of Mauritius between 1803 and 1810. They were first published in 1814, the day before Flinders' death. Volume 1 spans the first two years of the expedition and focuses on the discoveries made along the south coast of the continent.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Prior discoveries in Terra Australis
Transactions from the Beginning of the Voyage to the Departure from Port Jackson
Appointment to the Investigator
Departure from Spithead
Departure from False Bay
Departure from King George's Sound
Fowler's Bay
Prosecution of the discovery of the unknown coast
Departure from Port Lincoln
Departure from Kangaroo Island
Examination of the coast resumed
Departure from Port Phillip
Of the winds and currents on the south coast of Terra Australis, and in Bass' Strait
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