Commemorations marking the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s 1769 voyage to New Zealand start will start in March and are being expressed through music, storytelling, kapa haka, arts, and other cultural activities on the Coromandel. The national Tuia – 250 Encounters celebrates and recognises the connections made by the maori communities from Ngati Hei and Ngati Whanaunga to Captain Cook and his crew’s arrival.
Sotheby’s upcoming sale, Royal & Noble on 17 January , features two remarkable relics from the voyages of Captain Cook. Two Tahitian adze blades at first glance, seem quite ordinary, but reveal a remarkable history intertwined with the historical voyages made by Cook. Through the two documents accompanying the stones, we know that the present blades were used in the construction of a canoe for Cook while he was on the Island of Tahiti in 1769.
In 2020, Australia will mark 250 years since James Cook’s arrival to Australian shores in 1770 with a circumnavigation of Australia on the replica ship HMB Endeavour. The initiative of the Australian National Maritime Museum will provide an opportunity to reflect on the significance of the voyage in Australia’s history, including the impact it has on Indigenous Australians.
In 2018, 250 years on from the Endeavour’s departure from Plymouth, it feels right to revisit Cook’s legacy, but with fresh eyes looking through different lenses. Over time, Cook has become a symbol, as much myth as man. Why? The National Library of Australia has long had a strong collecting interest in Cook’s voyages, offering rich pickings to investigate these questions. Yet Cook and the Pacific is its first full-scale, international exhibition about Cook.
Plants that were salvaged after Captain Cook’s Endeavour ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef nearly 250 years ago, will be photographed to create never before seen images in a permanent digital record. It’s part of a project that will carefully photograph 1.4 million specimens at the National Herbarium of NSW, giving plant lovers and the broader scientific community access to botanical treasurers that until now have been kept behind closed doors.
Horsham Museum and Art Gallery’s latest exhibition ‘Voyages to the Pacific’ is inspired by the 250th Anniversary of the departure of James Cook’s first voyage to Tahiti in 1768. The exhibition draws on the museum’s remarkable collection of ethnographic material. The show highlights the interactions and exchanges that have taken place between the peoples of Europe and the Pacific over the last 250 years, including Horsham’s residents whose objects are displayed.