In 1801, Matthew Flinders took command of HMS Investigator and set off to chart and explore the last unknown Australian coastline. Flinders was meticulous about recording his voyages, the flora and fauna, weather conditions and changes in the coastline. These were published as A Voyage to Terra Australis in 1814. Ferdinand Lucas Bauer was an Austrian botanical illustrator who traveled on Matthew Flinders' expedition to Australia.
Eucalyptus pruinosa (Silver box gum) from the "Australian Drawings of Ferdinand Bauer". This beautiful watercolour was painted during, and shortly after, the Matthew Flinders voyage of circumnavigation of Australia –
Australia $1 Flinders postage stamp. Captain Matthew Flinders RN (16 March 1774 – 19 July 1814) was a distinguished English navigator and cartographer, who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent.
At the tender age of Matthew Flinders took command of HMS Investigator under Admiralty instructions to chart and explore the last unknown Australian coast between the Great Australian Bight and the Victorian coast.
In 1805, back in England after accompanying Matthew Flinders on his expedition to Australia, the botanist Robert Brown (1773-1858) was appointed clerk, librarian, and housekeeper to the Linnean Society of London. Prodromus florae Novae Hollandiae et Insulae Van Diemen (1810). Ferns, monocotyledons, thirty-seven families of dicotyledons, and cycads.