Repairing of Capt Cook's Ship in Endeavour River (Cook's first voyage) shows the ship on its side in a bay-like area of water, with men on small boat looking a hole in the bow. In the background are small hut-like structures, and a larger building nearby
Repairing of Capt Cook's Ship in Endeavour River (Cook's first voyage)

At Endeavour River

In August 1770 James Cook claimed the south east coast of Australia for Great Britain, in the name of King George III. He named it New South Wales.

The land was already occupied by Indigenous Australians. This area was on the Waymbuurr clanland, in the tribal nation of Guugu Yimithirr. [1]

View this video from National Library of Australia in which Guugu Yimithirr Traditional Owner and Bama Historian Alberta Hornsby speaks about the community of Endeavour River and their connection with James Cook.

The area, now known as Cooktown, celebrates these events with a re-enactment.

Click on the link in See Also below to read an article. Go to Downloads to access a podcast detailing the story.

With thanks to Gretchen Miller and ABC RN.

Reference

  1. https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/the-story-of-australias-first-reconciliation/6773096

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