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.
New Zealand's commemorations of James Cook's arrival 250 years ago were least about the British explorer himself, but instead focused on Polynesian voyaging heritage and encounters with Māori.
Explore Cook's journey through the Pacific, the orders that brought him in search of the 'Great Southern Land' and the impact of his arrival in our new interactive.
An honest reckoning with Captain Cook’s legacy won’t heal things overnight. But it’s a start.
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The impact of 1770 has never eased for Aboriginal people. It was a collision of catastrophic proportions.
To find out how the teaching of Captain Cook in Australian schools has changed, I examined textbooks used in the 1950s until today.
Botany was an integral feature of Britain’s colonial and imperial ambitions.
Re-enactments of James Cook's arrival in Australia have served only to gloss over the violence of his interactions with Indigenous people and elevate Australia's imperial and British connections.
Every European ship that voyaged the Pacific was, in the first instance, a floating fortress, an independent command that could send out small shore parties or to concentrate firepower as needed.
For celebrated botanist Joseph Banks, his voyage with James Cook was more about extending imperial power than simply discovery.
On one of the world's most remote islands, a species of duck has learned to scavenge on dead seals.
The government's investment in a celebration of 250 years since James Cook's voyage to and along Australia, if not done properly, will further inflame the history wars in Australia.
2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's arrival in New Zealand and the beginning of European contact with Māori.