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The long-lost remains of Captain Matthew Flinders, the explorer credited with giving Australia its name, have been discovered in London.
Experts uncovered the grave of the celebrated Royal Navy captain as part of an archaeological dig prior to construction work for the HS2 high-speed railway project. Flinders’ remains were found in St. James’ burial ground near Euston Station in Central London.
In 1802 and 1803, as commander of HMS Investigator, Flinders became the first known person to circumnavigate Australia, confirming its status as a continent. In his book, “A Voyage to Terra Australis,” the explorer was also first to consistently use the name “Australia.” While others had used the term before him, Flinders’ work is credited with its gradual adoption. Previously, the continent had been known as “New Holland.”
originally posted by: bally001
a reply to: toms54
It is a good party. Just got off the phone with pronto. He reckons he's runnin outta beer and needs to catch a cab to the pub. I call hoax as his mates just turned up. Things will escalate.
As for Matty Flinders. Second to Capt Cook in my book regarding Aussie History.
The book by Bryce Courteney, "Matthews Flinder's Cat" is a good read.
Cheers and beers Tom.
Hope the wasted beer was West End