Life-size bronze statue of naval explorer Matthew Flinders to be erected at London’s Euston station

Sculptor Mark Richards with a small replica version of his Matthew Flinders statue at London’s Euston Station. Picture: Andre Camara

The University’s namesake, Matthew Flinders, the first explorer to map South Australia’s coastline, will be honoured with a life-size bronze statue at one of Britain’s busiest train stations, Euston in London.

Flinders became the first person to circumnavigate the “Great Southern Land” in 1802 and 1803 and was the first person to name the continent as “Australia”.

The South Australian influence of the scientist and navigator, who died in 1814 aged 40, can still be seen throughout the state, with a university, mountain range, suburb and many streets named in his honour.

He also named many of SA’s best-known landmarks, including Mt Lofty, Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island.

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