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Estensen, Miriam

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Above all it is a new and discerning look at the man himself. Boyer, review of Discovery, p. It is also the story of a man who became one of the great navigators of the nineteenth century, an adventurer who left an indelible mark on a continent and a nation. Sydney Morning Herald, Martin Terry, review of The Life of Matthew Flinders. Her Discovery: The Quest for the Great South Land was published in Sydney and New York to critical acclaim.

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The Life of Matthew Flinders by Miriam Estensen

the life of matthew flinders estensen miriam

Through his explorations in the Investigator, Flinders demonstrated that New Holland and New South Wales was a single island not separated by an inland water course. It is a richly detailed account of tragedy and short-lived triumph, of exile on an enemy island, of love thwarted and a painful early death. The history spans more than 2,000 years, and Estensen reaches back to the supposition of Pythagoras that an enormous southern continent had to exist to balance the northern half. At c500 pages and including 40 illustrations, this freshly researched biography is a significant addition to Australian history, marking the bicentenary of the greatest voyage of one of our greatest explorers. Times Literary Supplement, November 5, 1999, Glyndwr Williams, review of Discovery, p. . The Life of Matthew Flinders is a story of persistence and audacious risk-taking, driving ambition and frustration, obstinate determination and doubt.

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The Life of Matthew Flinders

the life of matthew flinders estensen miriam

Author bio: Miriam Estensen has researched Flinders' life in England, Australia and Mauritius. She has taken an eighteenth-century mariner and made a twenty-first-century man of him. She is the author of Discovery. Just before he embarked, he married Ann Chappell with the intention of taking her with him to Sydney; however, just before departure, Ann was ordered off the ship by the Admiralty. Audacious enough to advance his interests to the most influential sponsor of the day, Sir Joseph Banks, he was a strange mixture of determination and doubt. Estensen's extensive research is reflected by her comprehensive notes and bibliography.

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The Life of Matthew Flinders : Miriam Estensen : 9781741141528

the life of matthew flinders estensen miriam

Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Ave. It is a richly detailed account of tragedy and short-lived triumph, of exile on an enemy island, of love thwarted and a painful early death. Matthew Flinders, 6 March 1803 How very wrong he was! The protagonist of Estensen's tale is not him, however, but the continent itself, lying in wait through the centuries and engaged in a curious, seductive dance of seven veils until the myth itself becomes reality. It is a richly detailed account of tragedy and short-lived triumph, of exile on an enemy island, of love thwarted and a painful early death. Miriam Estensen lives with her husband, a retired sea captain, on Australia's Gold Coast.

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The Life of Matthew Flinders by Miriam Estensen (9781741141528)

the life of matthew flinders estensen miriam

Although his charts contained some inaccuracies, he corrected earlier ones and his work formed the basis for future cartographers. A compellingly written, freshly researched insight into the life and times of Matthew Flinders, one of Australia's greatest explorers, from the author of 'Discovery'. Miriam Estensen has drawn on many sources, some only recently available, to create a vivid picture of the life and voyages of Matthew Flinders and the world and people around him. Yet two hundred years ago, Flinders completed the first true circumnavigation of Australia, revealing its vastness and diversity, and giving it the shape - and to some extent the name - we see on maps today. Flinders loved words and writing, and while much of it is self-promoting memoranda, in his letters home, we see a finer character. All this changed with Matthew Flinders's epic voyage of circumnavigation of the Great South Land.

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The life of Matthew Flinders / Miriam Estensen

the life of matthew flinders estensen miriam

Here began the remarkable career of Matthew Flinders R. Utopian Studies, winter, 2001, Elizabeth Russell, review of Discovery, p. I must never boast of a single spark of that ethereal fire with which the souls of Columbus and of Cook were wont to burn. Matthew Flinders was just 17 when he first saw Terra Australis, and unlocking its mysteries would become the burning motivation for the rest of his short life - at times at terrible cost to himself and others. Miriam Estensen's well-researched and highly readable account traces the career of this extraordinary explorer. He was also the inventor of the Flinders Bar, a portion of the compass that lessened the magnetic attraction of nearby metals. She then notes the hundreds of voyages in search of Java La Grande, as Australia was then called, or a trade route around it, in a time before longitude had yet to be discovered, as adventurers sailed blindly toward a land whose existence was uncertain.

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The life of Matthew Flinders / Miriam Estensen

the life of matthew flinders estensen miriam

He also invented the Flinders Bar, a segment of a compass that minimised magnetic attraction from metals in a ship. She begins with explanations of the geology and zoology marsupials of Australia, how the great continent was formed, and how its unique animal and plant life developed. It is also the story of a man who became one of the great navigators of the nineteenth century, an adventurer who left an indelible mark on a continent and a nation. I am not indeed such a Quixote in discovery as this, although ever since I was able to read, Robinson Crusoe oft has been my constant pursuit. Yet two hundred years ago, Flinders completed the first true circumnavigation of Australia, revealing its vastness and diversity, and giving it the shape - and to some extent the name - we see on maps today. The strange, unmapped continent captured his imagination and exploring its uncharted shores became the central goal of his life.

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BOOKS: The Life of Matthew Flinders, by Miriam Estensen

the life of matthew flinders estensen miriam

Understanding Ancient Worlds, Science Press Marrickville, , Australia , 1995. She is the author of Discovery. Leonards, New South Wales, Australia , 1998, St. The Life of Matthew Flinders is a story of persistence and audacious risk-taking, driving ambition and frustration, obstinate determination and doubt. The Life of Matthew Flinders is a story of persistence and audacious risk-taking, driving ambition and frustration, obstinate determination and doubt. In the course of the voyage of discovery, Flinders completed the first true circumnavigation of Australia and scientists on board collected and catalogued numerous plant and animal specimens.

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