Matthew Flinders was a British navigator and cartographer, who was the first to circumnavigate Australia, and declare it a continent, as well as identifying Tasmania as an island, when he successfully sailed through Bass Strait. Flinders was imprisoned for six years by the French governor of Mauritius. It was during this captivity that he recorded the details of his voyages, in which he also suggested the new found continent be named ‘Australia’.

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