(St. Mary & the Holy Rood Church)
Flinders Memorial Window
Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Donington 1774 - London 1814
English navigator and cartographer, who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent
Stained glass window with in the center a full figure of Matthew Flinders, "Matthew flinders 1774-1814" and on the sides portrait medallions of Joseph Banks and George Bass. Above Banks is the coat of arms of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge with motto nvllivs in verba ("On the word of no man," or "take nobody's word for i") and above Bass the Naval Defence Coat of Arms. In the lower part a map of the South Coast of Australia with Flinders' ship Investigator.
To the Glory of God and in memory of
Captain matthew flinders r.n.
Navigator Hydrographer & Cartographer
Born in Donington March 16th. 1774
Died in London July 19th. 1814
This window was given in 1980 by the Commonwealth of Australia
and Australian States, The Lincolnshire & Humberside Arts Association
and the Parishioners of Donington
St Marys church in Donington hosts a display dedicated to Matthew Flinders. It includes a stained glass window, a bust and a first edition of A Voyage to Terra Australis.
Sir Joseph Banks, 1st Baronet, GCB, PRS (London 1743 - London 1820), English naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences.
George Bass (Sleaford, Lincolnshire 1771 - disappeared at sea 1803), British naval surgeon and explorer of Australia
- Unknown artist. Do you know who the sculptor is? please let us know.
Sources & Information
- Hunt, Ruby, "The Matthew Flinders memorial window", Lincolnshire Life 20, 8 (Nov 1980), pp. 38-39 (not seen).
Location (N 52°54'26" - W 0°12'17")
Item Code: gbem027; Photograph: 1 August 2012
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