Matthew Flinders

1774 - 1814

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Captain Matthew Flinders (16 March 1774 – 19 July 1814) was an English navigator and cartographer who led the first inshore circumnavigation of the landmass that is now known as Australia. He is also credited as being the first person to utilise the name Australia to describe the entirety of that continent including Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania), a title he regarded as being "more agreeable to the ear" than previous names such as Terra Australis.Flinders was involved in several voyages of discovery between 1791 and 1803, the most famous of which are the circumnavigation around Australia and an earlier expedition where he and George Bass confirmed that Van Diemen's Land was an island. While returning to England in 1803, Flinders was arrested by the French governor at Isle de France (Mauritius). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Matthew Flinders has received more than 796,490 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Matthew Flinders is the 194th most popular explorer (down from 181st in 2019), the 1,700th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,532nd in 2019) and the 24th most popular British Explorer.

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Among explorers, Matthew Flinders ranks 194 out of 405Before him are Jimmie Angel, Francisco de Bobadilla, Diego de Almagro II, Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon, Jean-Baptiste Charcot, and Pedro Arias Dávila. After him are Ma Huan, Jim Bridger, Jan Czerski, Jens Munk, Henri Mouhot, and Francisco de Montejo.

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Among people born in 1774, Matthew Flinders ranks 17Before him are Charles Bell, William Henry, Christian Leopold von Buch, Robert Southey, Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, and Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge. After him are Pierre Rode, Václav Tomášek, Karl Mollweide, Meriwether Lewis, Francis Baily, and Lord William Bentinck. Among people deceased in 1814, Matthew Flinders ranks 16Before him are Frederick Christian II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, Louis François Joseph, Prince of Conti, Louis-Sébastien Mercier, Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt, Aleijadinho, and Elbridge Gerry. After him are William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe, Georg Joseph Vogler, Arthur Phillip, Guillaume-Antoine Olivier, Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto, and Johann Friedrich Reichardt.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Matthew Flinders ranks 1,700 out of 6,924Before him are Robert Blake (1599), George Green (1793), Dunstan (909), Stuart Lewis-Evans (1930), Karen Armstrong (1944), and Phil Lynott (1949). After him are Hugh Hudson (1936), James Fox (1939), William Beckford (1760), George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle (1608), Tom Hiddleston (1981), and Paul W. S. Anderson (1965).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, Matthew Flinders ranks 24Before him are George Vancouver (1757), Isabella Bird (1831), Martin Frobisher (1535), John Rolfe (1585), Samuel Wallis (1728), and William Parry (1790). After him are Mark Sykes (1879), James Bruce (1730), Lady Hester Stanhope (1776), Francis Crozier (1796), William Smith (1790), and Anthony Jenkinson (1529).