Duke to unveil statue to explorer
4:25am Friday 18th July 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Prince William will today unveil a statue in honour of the first man to identify Australia as a continent.
The Duke of Cambridge, who visited the Commonwealth country with his wife Kate and son George in April, will reveal the six-foot bronze memorial on the bi-centenary of the death of Captain Matthew Flinders outside Australia House, on the Strand.
The British-born cartographer was aged just 27 when he became the first man to circumnavigate the continent and determine New South Wales and Western Australia, then known as New Holland, were one land mass. He is also credited with giving the country its name when he wrote his General Chart of Terra Australis in 1804.
The statue, designed by sculptor Mark Richards, will then be permanently installed in Euston Station, as it is built on the site where it is believed Captain Flinders was buried on his death at the age of 40.
The Duke will also reveal a commemorative Matthew Flinders locomotive name plate for one of Virgin's Pendolino trains that run between London Euston and Glasgow.