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Bass + Flinders Memorial Inscription
Bass + Flinders Memorial Inscription

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The memorial commemorates explorers George Bass, Matthew Flinders and the boy William Martin. Matthew Flinders and George Bass explored and mapped the coastline and Port Hacking estuary in 1796 and the southernmost point of Cronulla is named Bass and Flinders Point in their honour. The memorial was erected by Mr. Frank Cridland C.B.E. at his own expense. 

Matthew Flinders undertook his first voyage of discovery with George Bass, with whom he had struck up a friendship on the way to Australia on the Reliance in 1795. At this time Bass was 24 and Flinders 21. They sailed out of Sydney Heads in the Tom Thumb, a boat of (keel) length 2.5 metres,  only one month after their arrival in Sydney.

Along with Bass' general assistant (or servant), the boy William Martin, they reached Botany Bay and managed to travel 32 kilometres further upstream along the Georges River than any previous explorer . Martin also travelled with Bass and Flinders on the second Tom Thumb expedition to Lake Illawarra, and seems to have been a competent sailor. He is the youngest explorer of Australia's early colonial history.

Location

Address:Gowrie Street & The Esplanade, Bass & Flinders Point, Cronulla , 2230
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.072904
Long: 151.153506
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event Start Date:30-March-1796
Actual Event End Date:30-March-1796

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1949 restored 1998
Front Inscription

     Memorial
        To
Matthew Flinders 
George Bass
  And The
"Boy Martin"
Who Sailed Past
This Headland In
"Tom Thumb" II
On March 30th, 1796
    And
Discovered And Named
Port Hacking

 

Inscription in Proximity
BASS AND FLINDERS POINT
Source: H,MA
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