Flinders family wall tablets.
The larger tablet is in memory of Captain Matthew Flinders RN, navigator, who first circumnavigated Australia, born in Donington 1774. Text partly reads :-
"In memory of Captain Matthew Flinders, R.N. who died July 19th 1814 aged 40 years.
After having twice circumnavigated the globe, he was sent by the Admiralty in the year 1801, to make discoveries on the coast of Terra Australis.
Returning from this voyage he suffered shipwreck, and by the injustice of the French Government was imprisoned six years in the island of Mauritius.
In 1810, he was restored to his native land, and not long after was attacked by an excruciating disease. The anguish of which he bore until death with undeviating fortitude"
30 April 2010
Donington, Church, St Mary & the Holy Rood, Captain Matthew Flinders RN, Australia, Mauritius