DISCOVERY OF THE MONTH
Discovery of Australia by Captain Matthew Flinders in June 9, 1803
Matthew Flinders (March 16, 1774 - July 19, 1814) was an English explorer, naval officer and navigator who circumnavigated (sailed entirely around) Australia and mapped much of its coastline. He and George Bass were the first Europeans to realize that Tasmania was an island; they sailed around it. He first sailed to Australia in 1795 for the British Navy aboard the ship called the "Reliance."