Thursday, February 28, 2008
A Flinders Fable…
Given that we’ve travelled from Rome to Hong Kong this week lets continue this mission onwards to Australia once again. Circumnavigating the globe in a week to bring you the statues of the world, oh yes.
Anyway, this is Matthew Flinders, and this statue can be found in Adelaide, South Australia. He is from the Captain Cook School of exploration, and was famous for being the first person to circumnavigate and map the coastline of Australia, including the Southern coast, on which Adelaide is located, for the first time. To say that there are a few things in Australia are named after Flinders would be quite a heroic understatement, to say the least, so he must be fairly well thought of for his achievements, which included being taken prisoner for six years on his journey back to the UK. He must have undertaken some pretty interesting expeditions that’s for sure.
Captain Poll, who has been doing a pretty fine job himself of circumnavigating the globe and currently resides in Petra, once again performs admirable imitation duties.