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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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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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Presentation of Rare Map to the State Library NSW

In May 2017, I presented a gift of a rare map to Richard Neville, the Librarian of the NSW State Library. The map completes the library’s collection of all seven WWII escape maps of the South East Asian area.