I have chosen to portray Matthew Flinders at work and in the clothes he would have worn on an everyday basis to carry out his exhaustive mapping of the coastline of Australia. The bronze base will take the form of a relief made up from a graphic image of his final map, and mapping and navigational instruments. His constant companion, a cat called Trim, features in the design.
The sculpture, which will be one and a quarter times life size, is to be placed so that Flinders' eyes will be at the same level as those of a standing viewer.
fragment of history
1770. On 29th April, Captain Cook is the first European to make landfall on the continent of Australia at what is now known as Botany Bay.