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About the Fund

As a proud Australian, Richard Buxton circumnavigated Australia by both yacht and plane over the last seven years, following Matthew Flinders' original journey in 1802-1803. Throughout this journey he wrote a book detailing the voyage, and took many photographs to accompany this story. A combination of stunning photography of Australia's rugged coastlines and culturally diverse residents, coupled with commentary on each chapter of the experience; the book If Matthew Flinders Had Wings is an extraordinary account of Australian history and natural landscape. It is as much an educational reference as it is a story of modern day adventuring which has appeal for all ages.

The book is available through various book stores worldwide, Alzheimer's Australia offices or directly through this site.

To see sample pages of the book click here

About the Fund

Antarctica was first discovered in 1819-20 by William Smith and James Bransfield respectively. The early discoverers sailed in conditions that would and still make mere mortals shudder. It was cold, isolated and inhospitable.

By the start of the 1900s the Arctic circle was well and truly documented, but the Southern Hemisphere's Antarctic had not; as yet no person had ventured to the Southern Hemisphere's South Pole. The British more than any nation had the will and the ambition to expand their geographic knowledge, explore the Antarctic and be the first to reach the South Pole on behalf of their King.

The British explorers Scott and Shackleton were two of these famous and heroic explorers, and it was their journeys to Antarctica Richard had always wished to follow, thus In the Snow Shoes of Scott & Shackleton.

The total distance travelled by sea from New Zealand to Antarctica and back as part of this adventure was 4655 nautical miles.

To see sample pages of the book click here