Matthew Flinders: Adventures on Leaky Ships

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Matthew Flinders was determined to complete the map of the coast of the continent we now call Australia. His maps are so accurate some are still in use today.

His story is packed to the gunwales with adventure – storms and shipwrecks, death and danger, an exciting race to beat the French – but more than this, it is a story of loyalty to his crew, love for his wife, and affection for the brave little cat who sailed with him.

Matthew Flinders is available for purchase from your local bookshop, Dymocks and Booktopia.


“Children’s narrative nonfiction has come a long way since I was a child. Carole Wilkinson’s new book about the intrepid Matthew Flinders is a fine example of how enjoyable and instructive books in this genre can be … This is an excellent book for primary-schoolers, and for adults too.”

 — Louise Planner, Books+Publishing , May 2020

“The child-centred information and accompanying illustration carry much of the details of the everyday of the time extending the text that is in itself a testament to the author’s and illustrator’s perspicuity in choice of events that will best carry the historical import of the explorations undertaken by Flinders. There is much to learn from this book and it deserves a wide readership.”

 — Rayma Turton, Magpies Vol. 35, June 2020

“I love picturebooks and I love narrative non-fiction. So I was happy to pick up Matthew Flinders: Adventures in Leaky Ships. Written by the always brilliant @caroleannwilkinson and illustrated beautifully by Prue Pittock, this is a great personal and historical account of the life of Matthew Flinders. I love the quirky details, those details that make up the fabric of all our lives. This is must for all primary school collections. Congratulations @wilddogbooks - a beautifully designed and fascinating read for kids (and adults!). ”