Ultimately, Flinders made it back to Britain and fathered a daughter with Ann. Unfortunately, he died just two years after in 1814 – the day after his book and maps were published – and buried in the St James burial ground where Euston station would later be built. It was here that in the 1840s his headstone was removed as part of an expansion and his remains lost. For years, an urban legend held that Captain Flinders was buried under Platform 15.
Nevertheless, the discovery of his remains helps place his important role in history.
“The discovery of Captain Matthew Flinders’s remains is an incredible opportunity for us to learn more about the life and remarkable achievements of this British navigator, hydrographer and scientist. Captain Matthew Flinders put Australia on the map due to his tenacity and expertise as a navigator and explorer,” said Wass.
Given the breadth of socioeconomic backgrounds, archaeologists say further analysis of the graves will help paint a picture of what London life was like during the 18th and 19th centuries.