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Suspected gravesite of great explorer Matthew Flinders could be under threat

Renowned explorer Matthew Flinders was the first to map Australia and proposed renovations could see him moved from his resting place.

It’s believed Flinders remains lie beneath platform four at London’s Euston station, though it’s not certain with an excavation in the 1850s potentially seeing him moved.

A life-size bronze statue of Captain Flinders stands at the station in recognition of his immense navigational achievements.

John Flinders is a distant descendant of the talented explorer joins Chris Smith at the very place his relative is honoured, saying the search for Flinders would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

“He could still be under one of the platforms. We don’t know precisely.

“He was certainly here at the St James Cemetery.”

Chris also spoke with senior history lecturer at the University of Kent Dr Rebekah Higgitt, who reveals what made Captain Flinders so extraordinary.

“He seems to mostly have been self-taught.

“It must have been the case that most of his knowledge of navigation, of mathematics, of astronomy required to do this kind of work, he got from books.”

Click PLAY below to hear from Dr Higgitt

Chris was also joined by the man who designed Flinders’ sculpture at Euston Station, Mark Richards.

Mark reveals how Captain Flinders went on a different kind of voyage in the 21st century.

Click PLAY below to hear from sculptor Mark Richards

Click PLAY below to hear from John Flinders, a descendant of Captain Matthew Flinders