History of Australia
Bass and Flinders

Did Matthew Flinders find Australia?

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09/09/2010

No.

Australia was noted first by Portuguese sailors, then by numerous Dutch explorers, such as Jansz and Hartog.

The eastern half of the continent was claimed for the British Crown by Lieutenant James Cook (not yet a Captain), but he did not discover Australia.

Matthew Flinders' role was in being the first to circumnavigate the continent.

For more information on who discovered Australia and the role of the Dutch and Portuguese, please see the related question below.