Why is Flinders fascinated by a cat called Trim?

Trim was the cat and faithful friend of explorer Matthew Flinders as he circumnavigated and mapped the Australian coastline in the early 1800s. Trim has travelled the globe and survived shipwrecks. He went into battle with pirates and dined on the finest seafood. Some even say that Trim was the brains behind Matthew Flinders’ entire operation.

But when Matthew Flinders was captured by the French on the island of Mauritius as a suspected British spy in 1803, Trim disappeared. The true fate of this intrepid feline was a mystery. Until now!

Trim is now a faithful friend of Flinders University and its staff and students. He’s a great source of information and sometimes you may even see him around our Bedford Park campus. Check out his Facebook album here.

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