even as a child, Matthew is supposed to have Flinders of traveling to distant countries dreamed of. As a Briton, spurred by the reading of the famous “Robinson Crusoe”a novel by Daniel Defoe, in the year 1789, finally, the Royal Navy, was laid the Foundation stone for the Explorer career. As a Teenager, was a Flinders.

especially in the Pacific and to Australia led him to his travels. He is today regarded as the first known European to sail around the Südkontinents. At Flinders, the Name Australia goes back even further, he suggested for the new Holland area.

that is Why today named much in Australia according to him. About a river (Flinders River ), an island (Flinders Island), or a mountain range (Flinders Ranges). And in Melbourne there is the Flinders Street Station, one of the largest train stations in the city.


But a mystery remained for a long time, exactly where the Explorer was buried. Sure was: They had to take him to his early death at the age of just 40, at 23. July 1814 buried in the cemetery of St. James’s Garden in London. But at some point in the forty years of the 19th century. Century was an Expansion of the cemetery, his grave stone site is gone. More than 170 years, the body parts had been lost.

now, archaeologists have to make the tomb with the human Remains from Flinders to find can. Because of the former St. James cemetery next to the Euston Station is situated on a plot of land that is prepared for the construction of the planned high-speed railway line High Speed 2. Therefore, the archaeologists may dig again in the area North of the city centre in the earth, and the ancient tombs to examine. And in fact, it was possible to identify the famous Explorer.

breastplate of Matthew Flinders

“We were lucky that captain Flinders had a breastplate of lead,” said archaeologist Helen Wass, who heads the archaeological excavations. This had facilitated the identification of the Remains of about 40,000 people. Now his skeleton could be studied. Because his life has left on the lake, detectable traces.

At the cemetery, other famous people were buried, including James Christie, the founder of the auction house Christie’s. The Remains of Flinders and others will soon be in a different place he was buried. Where exactly, is still to be determined.


Flinders had circumnavigated as a captain of the ship “HMS Investigator” together with the Englishman George Bass and the Australian aborigine Bungaree between July 1802 and may 1803 Australia. This journey should then have the Europeans proof that Australia was a single continent and not two separate masses, as at that time many believed was the country.


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