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250 years since Captain Cook landed in Australia, it’s time to acknowledge the violence of first encounters.
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The way Australia has commemorated Cook's arrival has changed over time – from military displays in 1870 to waning interest in Cook in the 1950s, followed by the fever pitch celebrations of 1970.
A picture titled ‘Captain Cook taking possession of the Australian continent on behalf of the British crown, AD 1770’. Drawn and engraved by Samuel Calvert from an historical painting by Gilfillan in the possession of the Royal Society of Victoria.
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To find out how the teaching of Captain Cook in Australian schools has changed, I examined textbooks used in the 1950s until today.