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CONTENTS

Chapter I.
BIRTH AND ORIGINS

Place of Flinders among Australian navigators—Birth—Flemish origins—Pedigree—Connection with the Tennysons—Possible relationship with Bass—Flinders' father—Donington 1

 
Chapter II.
AT SCHOOL AND AT SEA

Education—Robinson Crusoe—Aspirations for a naval career—His father's wish—John Flinders' advice—Study of navigation—Introduction to Pasley—Lieutenant's servant—Midshipman on the Bellerophon—Bligh and the Bounty mutiny 11

 
Chapter III.
A VOYAGE UNDER BLIGH

The second breadfruit expedition—Flinders in the Providence—Notes from Santa Cruz—At the Cape—Tahiti—In Torres Strait—Encounter with Papuans—Return to England 29

 
Chapter IV.
THE BATTLE OFF BREST

The naval war with France—The battle of June 1st, 1794—Flinders as gunner—Pasley wounded—Flinders' journal of the engagement—Effect of Pasley's wound on the career of Flinders 41

 
Chapter V.
AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHY BEFORE FLINDERS

The predecessors of Flinders—How Australia grew on the map—Mediaeval controversies on antipodes—Period of vague speculation—Sixteenth century maps—The Dutch voyagers—The Batavia on the Abrolhos Reef—The Duyfhen in the Gulf—Torres—The three periods of Australian maritime discovery—Geographers and their views of Australia—The theory of the dividing strait—Cook and Furneaux—The untraced southern coast 64

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