There was one other ‘crew’ member on Norfolk who was destined to rival Flinders in affection if not in fame. This was Trim, Matthew Flinders’ intrepid cat, who would from now until his death in 1804 share all of his master’s extraordinary exploits.
Trim was born in early 1797. Flinders, in his whimsical biography of the cat, noted that ‘Trim presented a request to be of the party [on Norfolk], promising to take upon himself the defence of our bread bags’, and indeed Trim was to prove an accomplished ratter.
Although the coast is littered with rivers, Flinders found none of them and confidently told the Governor that none existed. Flinders was always very sure of himself.