Kamay Botany Bay: Endeavour 250

Wednesday April 29, 2020 marked 250 years since Lieutenant James Cook and his crew on the HMB Endeavour landed at Kamay Botany Bay in 1770. His landing was challenged by two men from the Gweagal clan of the Dharawal nation.

The Endeavour voyage to Botany Bay is a defining moment in Australia’s history, but it also remains one of the most divisive. The event has been celebrated as a foundation moment, contested as the beginning of British imperialism, and more recently commemorated as an opportunity to discuss issues of colonisation and reflect on Australia’s past.

To commemorate the occasion, the National Museum of Australia are running an online exhibition, Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians.

The Conversation has published a series of essays that asks researchers and historians to reflect on what happened when Cook voyaged into the Pacific and how it shapes us today.

The Sutherland Shire Historical Society have launched a new book that looks back on the first recorded contact between the Aboriginal people of Kamay Botany Bay and Europeans. Consisting of a compilation of ten articles by different authors, East Coast Encounters 1770 aims to bring awareness of these largely unknown perspectives to the general community and to debunk the various myths that either hero-worship or vilify Cook.

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