Matthew Flinders was a country boy who wanted to be a sailor. He lived at a time when ocean voyages took months, sometimes years. His life at sea was full of adventure and danger. He was the first to sail all the way around Australia. He drew the first complete map of the continent. Sailing was a dangerous business in Matthew’s time that could end in shipwreck, disease or death. He wanted to make it safer for sailors by making his map as accurate as possible.
Carole Wilkinson is an internationally award-winning and best-selling author. Her Dragonkeeper series has sold all over the world and is currently being made into a film. Carole’s most recent non-fiction title, 10 Pound Pom, won the 2018 Primary Educational Picture Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year. Carole lives in Melbourne.
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