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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Trim the Explorer Cat with Matthew Flinders

Here is some extra information about one of my heroes: Trim the Explorer Cat.

At this angle, the human clearly dominates the picture. But you can see Trim, on the alert and looking for dangers and surveying places never seen by a cat before him.

More about Trim and some pictures of Trim can be found here and there:
  1. http://purr-n-fur.org.uk/famous/trim.html
  2. http://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/behind-the-scenes/blog/trim-cat
Matthew Flinders wrote a book about Trim. We have a copy of the book with delightful illustrations by Annette Macarthur-Onslow.

Matthew Flinders says:
‘Many and curious are the observations which [Trim] made in various branches of science, particularly in the natural history of small quadrupeds, birds and flying fish, for which he had much taste. These with his remarks upon men and manners, if future leisure should enable me to put them into order, I may perhaps give to the world; and from the various seas and countries he has visited, joined to his superior powers for distinguishing obscure subjects, and talents for seizing them, these observations may be expected to be more interesting than … imaginary adventures.’

The text of the book can be found here

More pictures and information on Trim: Pictures from Wikipedia of Trim at Mitchell Library, Sydney. Their café is named after Trim.

Trim's statue by John Cornwell behind Matthew Flinders's own in Sydney, Australia.

Plaque dedicated to Trim at Mitchell Library, Sydney
Another statue of Trim, in Donington, Lincs, Flinders' birthplace Link

Prince William admires the statue of Trim the Explorer Cat.
His human Matthew Flinders is in the foreground. 
The bronze memorial was unveiled at Australia House, in central London.


Trim has had several books written about him or based on his adventures, including a children's book and a Facebook page dedicated to him.


5 comments:

Mickey's Musings said...

Trim the Explorer Cat sounds very exciting!
We are happy that Trim was included in the statue.
What a pawsome tribute to this cat.
We are glad you have a copy of the book.
You know Sasha, you are quite famous youself :)
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

What an interesting story of Trim and his human!

meowmeowmans said...

Trim the Explorer Cat sounds like he led an amazing and adventurous life. We'll go read about him now!

Bionic Basil said...

Amazing post guys, thanks so much fur sharing! XOX

da tabbies o trout towne said...

sasha...thanx for sharin trim's storee; and de linx....we look forwerd ta
reedin his storee... two de food gurl.... when her comez home frum werk !!! ☺☺☺♥♥♥