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Conclusion of Flinders' instructions
Title : Conclusion of Flinders' instructions Conclusion of Flinders' instructions
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Creator : Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814
Source : Voyage to Terra Australis..., p. 12
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : G. and W. Nicol
Date of creation : 1814
Format : Book
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Flinders' instructions conclude that when he returns to England he is to contact Kew Gardens and supply it with a list of the plants in the plant cabin together with a report on their condition. These instructions are dated 22 June 1801 and are signed by St. Vincent, T. Troubridge and J. Markham, Lords of the Admiralty.

This page in A voyage to Terra Australis ... continues with the beginning of the passport for Flinders' ship Investigator which was issued by the French government.

The French government had applied for and obtained in 1800 a passport for their expedition of discovery led by Nicolas Baudin. This would ensure that the vessels fitted out by the French, Le Geographe and Le Naturaliste, would have safe passage in a period when England and France were at war. In due course, when Flinders' expedition was being fitted out a year later, the English government applied for and were granted a passport for Flinders. It was however made out for his ship Investigator, rather than for the captain, Flinders, and this would later cause difficulty for him when he reached Mauritius in 1803 in the Cumberland. He was returning to England in this small vessel, in order to obtain a replacement for the Investigator, which had been condemned because of its leaky condition and rotten timbers.
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Flinders, Matthew, 1774-1814

Coverage year : 1801
Place : Australia
Further reading :

Ingleton, Geoffrey C. Matthew Flinders, navigator and chartmaker Guildford, Surrey: Genesis Publications in association with Hedley Australia, 1986

Brown, Anthony J. Ill-starred captains: Flinders and Baudin Hindmarsh, S. Aust.: Crawford House Publishing, 2000

The Encounter, 1802: art of the Flinders and Baudin voyages [compiled by] Sarah Thomas Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Australia, 2002

Fornasiero, F. J. Encountering Terra Australis: the Australian voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders Kent Town, South Australia: Wakefield Press, 2004

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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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