Matthew Flinders: Australia explorer's remains found in HS2 dig [BBC]





Date: 25/01/2019

The remains of explorer Captain Matthew Flinders have been identified by archaeologists working on the HS2 project in a London burial ground. Captain Flinders led the first circumnavigation of Australia and is credited with naming the country. Some 61,000 skeletons will be removed from St James's Gardens, where the station for the HS2 rail route will be built near London Euston station. A recently discovered coffin showed the captain was buried on 23 July 1814. [Railscot note: St James' Gardens were located on the west side of Euston station, just over Cardington Street. The churchyard was encroached on by the enlargement of the west side of the station in 1887.]


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Rail dig finds explorer Flinders' remains
Painting of Captain Matthew Flinders

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Matthew Flinders led the first circumnavigation of Australia and was buried in London in 1814.