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Terra Australis

Terra Australis: Matthew Flinders’ Great Adventures in the Circumnavigation of Australia

Matthew Flinders and Tim Flannery

Introduction by Tim Flannery

First published in two-volumes in 1814, this is the enthralling account of the circumnavigation of Australia, by the man who gave our country its name.

Edited and introduced by Tim Flannery, Terra Australis is a vital step toward a new understanding of our own history. Flinders tells of meeting and communicating with Aborigines, of the scrub and wilderness. His descriptions of the difficulties that he and his sailors faced still bristle with energy and immediacy two hundred years later. This is Flinders’ story in his own words, neglected until now, but destined to be eagerly read by all ages.

About the Authors

Matthew Flinders was born in England in 1774. In 1789, defying his father’s wishes that he enter the field of medicine, Flinders volunteered his services to the British Navy. He became the greatest early navigator of Australia, and explored the Australian coastline with George Bass in his eight-foot long vessel Tom Thumb and later Tom Thumb II....

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Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers and Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year and in 2007 Australian of the Year. In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate...

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Extent:
308pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
26 April 2012
First published:
1814
ISBN:
9781921922404
AU Price:
$12.95
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Praise for Matthew Flinders and Tim Flannery
andTerra Australis

‘Tim Flannery takes a part of Australian history that has meant numbing boredom to generations of schoolchildren and pummels it into robust and tragicomic shape.’

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