Memorial: M3189

Statue at Euston Station, London depicting Captain Matthew Flinders RN d. 1814

Location

Euston Station, London, England

Transcript

'In commemoration of CAPTAIN MATTHEW FLINDERS RN 1774-1814 who named Australia and charted on unknown coast with the help of Bungaree and the crew of HM Sloop Investigator. Unveiled by HRH the Duke of Cambridge in July 2014.' [Round cat] 'Trim his close companion'

Details

Description: Kneeling figure of Flinders on a circular plinth holding dividers, his cat Trim by his left foot. The plinth has a map of Australia on the top.
Type: Statue
Position: Outside front entrance
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 2014
Artists: Mark Richards

People

Flinders, Matthew
Age: 40
Date of Death: 19/7/1814
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Finders was buried nearby in the adjoining St James's Cemetery. His remains, long thought to be lost, were unearthed by archaeologists in 2019 during excavation of the site, prior to the extension of the station to make way for the new HS2 line. A plate on Flinders' lead coffin enabled identification of the bones: 'Capt. Matthew / Flinders RN / Died 19th July / 1814 / Aged 40 Years'.

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