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New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Commemorates Cook 250

In 2019 the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents a diverse mix of soloists and conductors from New Zealand and around the world, including Music Director, Maestro Edo de Waart. This diversity is also reflected in the repertoire with The Planets, Linz Symphony, Prague Symphony and contemporary works from Europe and America, performed alongside NZSO commissions, marking 250 years since the first encounters between Māori and Captain James Cook. 

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CFP: Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the History of Science, Technology and Mātauranga (Indigenous Knowledge)

The University of Otago and the Tōtaranui 250 Trust announce a conference to take place in Blenheim, New Zealand from 1-3 December 2019 that will explore the global history of science, technology, medicine, and mātauranga (indigenous knowledge). The conference will be part of a sequence of national events in New Zealand titled Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration. These mark the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s first Pacific voyage and the first onshore meetings between Europeans and the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori.

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Mapping Australia and the Pacific

The latest video from the National Library of Australia takes a look inside The Cook And The Pacific exhibition which brings together objects from Australia and around the world to explore what Captain James Cook's voyages meant for the Pacific region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the Indigenous peoples they met. It also highlights the advances in mapping which occurred during this period, with his 3 Pacific voyages between 1768 and 1780 leading to large parts of the world being accurately charted for the first time.

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Edmund Halley and Cook’s Voyage to the South Pacific

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the first visit to New Zealand by Captain James Cook. Unfortunately history has not covered Cook’s skills as an astronomer particularly well so the importance of his observations of the transit of Venus in 1769 have often been overlooked. Cook and the crew of the Endeavour contributed to the measuring of one of the most important constants in astronomy, one that gave 18th century astronomers an understanding of the scale of the known universe.

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Honouring Captain James Cook’s Voyage

MEDIA RELEASE - 22 Jan 2019 - Prime Minister, Minister for Communications and the Arts, Member for Leichardt. Australia's Morrison Government is backing communities across the country to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to Australia and the Pacific.

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Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration Events

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.

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Circumnavigation Voyage to Mark Cook 250 Anniversary

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. 

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‘Cook And The Pacific’ at National Library of Australia

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.

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Cook’s Plants Among Those to be Digitized at Herbarium

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.

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A Voyage of Discovery at Horsham Museum

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.

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Re-imagining Captain Cook – Pacific Perspectives (29 November 2018 – 4 August 2019)

250 years ago, James Cook left England on the first of three expeditions to the Pacific Ocean.  A skillful navigator, he visited many places new to Europeans and his voyage accounts were widely read and celebrated.  Today, his legacy is sometimes debated.  In the Pacific, Islanders continue to remember the encounters that occurred, re-imagining them in artworks which reflect on their impact. This exhibition at the British Museum runs 29 November 2018 to 4 August 2019.

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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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Endeavour to mark 250th celebrations of Captain Cook’s landing in Marlborough, New Zealand

A replica of Captain Cook's ship the Endeavour will sail to Ship Cove in the Marlborough Sounds, Australia as part of the 250th anniversary celebrations of the 18th century explorer's landing.  The Marlborough District Council has budgeted $100,000 annually over five years in its draft annual plan towards celebrating the locally and nationally significant event.

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