Matthew Flinders turns 250!

Young Matthew Flinders enlisted in the Royal Navy at the age of 16, inspired by the book ‘Robinson Crusoe’ and a dream to explore unknown lands.

Over the subsequent 20 years of his life at sea, Flinders’ achievements as a navigator and captain were astonishing.

We invite you to join us at the Maritime Museum on Saturday 16 March as we acknowledge the remarkable accomplishments of Matthew Flinders on the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Highlights include:

  • Guided tour of the museum to explore and focus on our Matthew Flinders exhibits
  • ‘Trim & his Friends’ Children’s Trail – children can embark on an adventure through the museum, inspired by Flinders’ famous feline companion, Trim
  • A special collection and range of books on Matthew Flinders in our gift shop
  • A special birthday cupcake treat for the first 100 visitors who join us at the museum to commemorate this historic milestone.