New book details Matthew Flinders’ South Australian exploration

AUTHOR: Historian Neville Collins reads to captain Matthew Flinders on Tasman Terrace.
AUTHOR: Historian Neville Collins reads to captain Matthew Flinders on Tasman Terrace.

CEDUNA-BORN author and historian Neville Collins has added another feather to his historian’s cap, releasing his eighth book.

The book outlines captain Matthew Flinders’ exploration of the South Australian coastline.

Mr Collins said his latest book, Matthew Flinders in South Australia, differed from the many other books on Flinders as it examined in detail his exploration of the South Australian coastline between January 26 and April 19, 1802.

“Many towns on the coast have a memorial to Flinders, particularly to Flinders in South Australia...there is maybe 10 or 15 books on Flinders, but nothing particularly on (his journey) in South Australia,” Mr Collins said.

“I’ve always been interested in Matthew Flinders.”

Mr Collins said he believed the book would have a “special appeal” to South Australian readers, as they would be able to relate to the coastal features described by Flinders in his journals and logs, especially those in the Port Lincoln area and on the West Coast.

The book includes photographs, sketches and maps depicting sites visited by Flinders, anchoring points and the course of his ship Investigator during the journey.

There is also a chapter devoted to French exploration in South Australia.

Mr Collins said he spent three years researching, writing, and proofreading for the book.

He said he decided to write the book after completing an earlier book, called The Jetties of South Australia.

He became aware of the numerous plaques and monuments to Flinders in South Australia – more than any other state of the Commonwealth – and decided to write the book to complement these memorials.

The book is available for $30 at Beers Newsagency in Port Lincoln, the Elliston Visitor Centre, Streaky Bay Newsagency and the Ceduna Visitor Centre.