Time for a Shiny New Look for Captain Cook

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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Vegetable Sheep and 18th Century Telescopes

Thanks to a strange reference to ‘vegetable sheep’ in Joseph Banks’ journal, I managed to calculate and confirm the extraordinary power of the telescopes on board HM Bark Endeavour during James Cook’s visit to Australia. Here is an article published by the Australian National Maritime Museum. 

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Botany Bay 247 Years Later

It was 247 years to the day when the annual “Meeting of Two Cultures“ ceremony was held at Kurnell, on the southern shores of Botany Bay, on 29 April, 2017.1  The ceremony recognised the arrival of James Cook in Endeavour. The involvement of the First Australians in this year’s event was substantial. This year’s ceremony was vastly different to that of my youth, 60 years ago. In those days I lived at Maroubra, a beachside suburb of Sydney, near Botany Bay. My family attended this ceremony many times in the 1950s.

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Reflections on an icon

There is a dramatic and spectacular 21st century artwork of Captain James Cook newly arrived at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). The feature that catches the eye is the material of which it is made—highly polished stainless steel...

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My Role in the Six Day War

A young chemist reveals his unwitting role in the 1967 Six Day War...

This article was first published in the University of Sydney Alumni Magazine in 2012.