Cruising Division presentation 28 February – ‘Bass & Flinders’.
Join us to hear Andrew Phippen from the Australian National Maritime Museum divulge details of the lives and exploits of these two great explorers of their adopted country.
About the Explorers
George Bass – surgeon, sailor, explorer, entrepreneur, slave(?), quite a lot to pack into 32 years. This man is still regarded by many as a sailor without equal in Colonial Australia. This talk will examine what Bass achieved during his brief life while in the colony of NSW and his contribution to our understanding of this new country and its native peoples. His disappearance and possible slavery will be looked into and his undoubted impact on a young colony is recognised.
Matthew Flinders however reached the ripe old age of 42. His is a tale that Hollywood should be interested in. He was an explorer, a battle-hardened seaman, a cartographer, the victim of shipwreck and that’s just for starters. Flinders is the man who gave our continent its name. What is more over 100 features both natural and man-made bear his name. He was imprisoned, nearly sunk, deliberately left to die, the victim of international espionage and suffered great privation in his short life. He married in secret and left his wife (through no fault of his own) for over nine years. To add insult to injury his grave has been lost! It’s a story that every Australian should know.
Date: Wednesday 28 February
Time: 6pm for 6.20pm start
Cost: There is no cost to attend the presentation, but please RSVP to assist with the setting up. Why not stay for dinner afterwards and continue the discussion with other cruising enthusiasts.