Donington hero Matthew Flinders to rest where his dreams were born
Two centuries after his death, Captain Matthew Flinders will embark on his final journey. Famed around the world for his courage, determination and exploration, he will finally be laid to rest in the Church of St Mary and the Holy Rood Donnington, where he was baptised, in the place he was raised.
As soon as news reached me that the remains of Captain Flinders had been discovered by HS2 archaeologists during excavations in London, I knew that battling to bring him home was the right thing to do. So, alongside the impressive ‘Matthew Flinders Bring Him Home Group’, I was proud to champion in Parliament the campaign on behalf of the family of one of Lincolnshire’s greatest sons, securing a promise from the Leader of the House of Commons that he would: ‘Do whatever I can to assist him in his quest to make sure that the remains of Matthew Flinders find their way home where they should be, in Donnington in his constituency’.
The significance of Captain Flinders’s achievements should not be underestimated. Credited with giving Australia its name, he - alongside Aborigine leader, King Bungaree - was to navigate that country’s coast in its entirety. His courageous quest for discovery marked a seminal moment in the history and heritage of one of Britain’s greatest allies and Commonwealth friends.
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