New book covers Matthew Flinders in South Australia

RECOUNT: Author and historian Neville Collins has released his latest book Matthew Flinders in South Australia, detailing the travels of the famous navigator.
RECOUNT: Author and historian Neville Collins has released his latest book Matthew Flinders in South Australia, detailing the travels of the famous navigator.

Author and historian Neville Collins is excited to release his latest book, Matthew Flinders in South Australia.

The publication differs from the many other books on the famous navigator as it examines in more detail Flinders’ exploration of the South Australian coastline between 26 January and 19 April 1802.

Mr Collins believes the publication will have special appeal to South Australian readers as they will relate to the many coastal features described by Flinders in his journals and logs.

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

A chapter is devoted to French exploration in South Australia and the famous encounter off Victor Harbor on 8 April, 1802 between Flinders and Nicolas Baudin.

Mr Collins decided to write the book after completing an earlier book on the Jetties of South Australia.

While researching that book, he became aware of the many plaques and monuments to Flinders in South Australia, more than in any other state of the Commonwealth, and decided to compile an account to complement these memorials.

Mr Collins served with SA Police for more than 41 years in a number of areas in research, operational and managerial positions. 

The book is available at the Book Stop at the Victor Central Shopping Centre and the South Seas bookstore at Port Elliot.