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Commemorations (2019-2021)

Take a Tour of HMB Endeavour

Climb aboard the magnificent Australian-built replica of James Cook's Endeavour and tour one of the world's most accurate maritime replica vessels. On board the beautifully crafted ship, you glimpse a sailor's life during one of history's great maritime adventures, Captain Cook's epic 1768-71 world voyage. Look and you'll see almost 30 kilometres of rigging and 750 wooden blocks or pulleys! The masts and spars carry 28 sails that spread approximately 10,000 sq feet (930 m2) of canvas.

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Sail Endeavour

Join the voyage of a lifetime and the most bucket-list-worthy adventure on the high seas! Learn to sail HMB Endeavour and experience 18th century blue water sailing at its best. This magnificent tall ship will sail to and from Tasmania, New Caledonia and New Zealand in 2019. For adventure seekers and history lovers alike, the professional crew will train you in all aspects of 18th century sailing.

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Cook’s Three Pacific Journals Together for First Time

In a world first, all three of explorer Captain James Cook's handwritten journals from his three Pacific voyages will be on display together. The National Library of Australia's Endeavour Journal will be joined by Cook's two other journals, on loan from the British Library in London, to mark the 250th anniversary of the beginning of his three Pacific voyages.

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Australia National Library Cook and the Pacific Exhibit

Visitors to Cook and the Pacific will follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages, and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey to the Pacific 250 years ago, with destinations including Tahiti, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Hawaii and even Siberia.

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Uncharted: Sam Neill explores Captain Cook’s travels from ‘both sides of the beach’

Sam Neill says he is fascinated with those "initial awkward, often funny, sometimes tragic first encounters" between Captain Cook, his crew, and the people they met in the Pacific. When we think about Cook's time in the Pacific, 'funny' isn't usually the first, or even the second, word that comes to mind. But in this six-part series helmed by Neill, viewers discover the very human, and sometimes humorous, side of Cook's three voyages to the Pacific.

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Cook’s Secret Orders Revealed

Two hundred and fifty years ago today, Lieutenant James Cook sailed a 30m coal carrier named Endeavour out of Plymouth, England, plotting a course for wonder, immortality and a turquoise-edged, red-hearted paradise we’d come to call Australia. There should have been fireworks that day; angel-voiced choristers and a hundred stout men with snare drums lining the Plymouth dockyards.

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Time for a shiny new look for Captain Cook

As celebrations kick off in Plymouth, England this weekend to mark 250 years since Captain James Cook set sail for Australia in 1768, local maritime historians are pushing for the establishment of a Cook Heritage Trail along the east coast of Australia. While the federal government announced plans to mark the Cook legacy with a $50 million park at Kurnell in Botany Bay by 2020, including a $3 million commemorative statue of Captain James Cook, amateur historians are calling to redraw our east coast map and rename land features according to Cook's log.

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Australian Government Spending $50 million on Cook 250

The Australian government has allocated $48.7 million over four years to commemorate the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s first voyage to Australia. The package, detailed in the budget, will support events and exhibitions including a digital platform and educational material for the anniversary. Funding will go towards the Kamay Botany Bay National Park 250th Anniversary project, ...

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Australian Government Commemorates Cook 250

The Australian Government has announced a package of measures to commemorate Captain James Cook’s first Pacific voyage between 2018 and 2020. Funding is being provided to support a range of reflective exhibitions, activities and events to be delivered by the National Library of Australia (NLA), Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and National Museum of Australia (NMA)

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Tuia Encounters 250

In 2019, a national commemoration - Tuia Encounters 250 - will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during Captain James Cook and the Endeavour's 1769 voyage to New Zealand. The Department of Internal Affairs has announced that $9M will be available for community projects that align with the kaupapa of Tuia – Encounters 250.

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James Cook Rediscovered: The Story of Us

As Australia and the world prepares for next year’s 250th anniversary of Endeavour’s departure in 1768, the Australian newspaper tells the five-part story of a voyage that transformed our knowledge of mathematics, navigation, geology, geography, botany, psychology, nutrition, astronomy, medicine, cartography and languages....

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Mercury Bay 250 Commemorations

In November 2019 it will be the 250th anniversary since Captain Cook came to NZ and sailed into Mercury Bay, which will host a replica of the HMS Endeavour for eight days, playing a significant role in celebrations to mark the 250th year since Captain James Cook made his first landfall in New Zealand.

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Learning from shared approach to Cook’s 250th

A PROPOSED exhibition in 2020 at the National Museum of Australia to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival in Australia, brought the museum’s senior curator Ian Coates to Gisborne this week.  HMS Endeavour arrived on the east coast of New Zealand in 1769 and on the east coast of Australia in 1770.  

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Cook 250 in 1770

The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Cook's exploration of the east coast of Australia and the nation will be celebrating. Our community of Town of 1770/Agnes Water will take part in the national celebrations and the Cook 250 in 1770 team, has been assembled to oversee this momentous event.

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Share the Story of James Cook and His Voyages

James Cook’s Endeavour journal is perhaps the most famous item in the National Library of Australia’s collection. With the 250th anniversary of the first Endeavour voyage sailing into view in 2018-2020, the Library’s 2016 End of Year Appeal is raising funds to undertake essential preservation and selective digitisation of our extraordinary collection of material ...

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Captain Cook’s first voyage celebrated 250 years on

The Bay of Islands will be one of four main sites around the country in large-scale commemorations marking 250 years since Captain Cook's first landfall in New Zealand.  If all goes to plan, the celebrations will include a voyage around the country by a flotilla of vessels including a replica of Cook's Endeavour, waka hourua (double-hulled ocean-going canoes) and Navy ships.

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NZ’s First Encounters 250 Launched

New Zealand Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced a national commemoration to mark the 250th anniversary of the first encounters between Māori and Europeans. In October 2019, First Encounters 250 will commemorate the early meeting of Māori and Europeans during James Cook’s 1769 voyage to New Zealand.

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