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Donington sets up group dedicated to bringing home Matthew Flinders

A new group has been set up with the aim of Donington's most famous son, Matthew Flinders, returning to the village.

The explorer's remains were found by HS2 archaeologists working at Euston Railway Station in January but his final resting place has yet to be decided.

Matthew led the first circumnavigation of Australia and is credited with naming the country.

HS2 lead archaeologist Helen Wass with the Matthew Flinders statue at Euston.
HS2 lead archaeologist Helen Wass with the Matthew Flinders statue at Euston.

Australia is staking a claim to the explorer's remains and parish council chairman Arthur Baldwin told Thursday's meeting that "Lincoln is expressing an interest".

The parish council wants to see Matthew come home, and Coun Baldwin said: "We want to be ahead of the game."

The council meeting opened with a public forum and resident Eddie Finch speaking about the new group.

He said: "The Matthew Flinders Bring Him Home Group has been established in Donington to collaborate with all sorts of groups across the village and will contact all interested parties, including his direct descendants, and will do whatever they can to try to ensure that Matthew is returned to Donington as his future resting place."

The aim is for Matthew to be laid to rest at the parish church, where members of his family are buried.

* The new group includes parish councillors, church representatives, and members of Lincolnshire branch of the Britain-Australia Society.

Anyone wishing to contribute can email Jane Pearson (janepearson462@yahoo.co.uk) and/or parish clerk Diane Fairweather (doningtondi@yahoo.co.uk)

We reported in January the news of Matthew Flinders' grave being found in London.


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