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Cooking up Anniversary Events

2018 was the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour’s departure from Britain. 2019 is the anniversary for the Endeavour’s arrival in the Pacific, specifically Aotearoa/New Zealand in October, and Australia and …

Economic Exploitation and its impacts

As European governments colonised the lands of the Pacific, individuals saw opportunities and voyaged to seek their fortune. Here is a selection of the resources of the Pacific that were …

Consultation with source communities

Many of the taonga and idols that were taken by the missionaries and sent to Europe are now in European museums. In 2013 the National Maritime Museum acquired the collection …

Breadfruit [1]

‘The expeditions employed a total of three ships, 190 seamen and officers, four gardeners, and two captains. Thousands of pounds were spent fitting the ships as floating plant nurseries, and …

John Williams: Missionary Martyr

John Williams (1796 – 1839) was a prominent member of the London Missionary Society (LMS). Enterprising and highly successful in his mission to take Christianity to the people of the …

The Family Idols of Pomare

Pomare II was a prominent chief in Tahiti. He converted to Christianity in 1815, within twenty years of the London Missionary Society’s arrival (in 1796). Pomare II’s engagement with the …

The London Missionary Society

Before we begin, please consider the following questions: Does religion play an important role in your life? Was your religion inherited through your heritage or introduced to you? There are …

Captain Cook’s Voyage to Grass Cove

Captain Cook was issued with two sets of instructions that were not always aligned. Over the three voyages to the Pacific, Cook’s actions were sometimes met with censure or confusion …

Case study: Ceremonies

Let’s look at understanding Cook’s actions through this second case study. Observing a ceremony “I do not pretend to dispute the propriety of Captain Cook’s conduct, but I cannot help …

Royal Society Instructions

James Cook received an additional set of instructions from the President of the Royal Society, James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton. These instructions are recommendations offered to those going on …

The Bestsellers of their Day

For each of the voyages he commanded, James Cook kept meticulous logs and journals. On his arrival back in England in 1771 he travelled overland immediately to London with his …

Case study: Secret Instructions

The Admiralty issued James Cook with two sets of instructions for the voyage. The first was to sail to Tahiti to observe the Transit of Venus. He also received a …

Understanding the instructions

Let’s look at the secret instructions in more detail. The secret instructions told Cook to seek out the ‘Southern Continent’. The existence of this continent was based on the assumption …
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