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This New Zealand chronology was compiled by John Mitchell.

 

19/Jan/1693 Marriage of James Cook and Jean Duncan in Scotland; grand parents of the future James Cook
4/Mar/1694 Baptisement of James Cook in Scotland; future father of James Cook
10/Oct/1725 Marriage of James Cook and Grace Pace in Yorkshire; future parents of Captain James Cook
27/Oct/1728 Birth of James Cook at Marton-in-Cleveland, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
13/Feb/1743 Birth of Joseph Banks; became the scientist who accompanied Captain James Cook on his first voyage to New Zealand
26/Feb/1747 James Cook took his first voyage as an apprentice on the Freelove, a 341 ton collier
20/Apr/1750 James Cook signed on for the first time as a seaman having finished his apprenticeship
26/Nov/1754 Birth of Johann George Adam Forster; future naturalist on Commander James Cook's 2nd voyage to Pacific on Resolution
17/Jun/1755 James Cook volunteered for Royal Navy and joined HMS Eagle on June 25th
24/Jul/1755 Able Seaman James Cook promoted to Masters Mate on HMS Eagle 1 month after joining Royal Navy
29/Jun/1757 James Cook qualified as a "Master of any of his Majesty's ships" in England
30/Jun/1757 James Cook became Master of 24-gun Royal Navy frigate Solebay
18/Oct/1757 James Cook (Master RN) appointed Master of 64-gun warship Pembroke
21/Dec/1762 James Cook married Elizabeth Batts at Barking, England
25/May/1768 James Cook promoted to First Lieutenant and put in command of the Bark Endeavour for its voyage to Pacific and NZ
27/May/1768 First Lieutenant James Cook hoisted his commissioning pennant and took command of the bark Endeavour
26/Aug/1768 First Lt James Cook in Endeavour left Plymouth on scientific voyage to Tahiti and search for great southern continent
27/Jan/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook rounded Cape Horn in bark Endeavour on his first voyage to the South Pacific
12/Apr/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook sighted Tahiti on his first voyage to the Pacific in command of the bark Endeavour
13/Apr/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook arrived at Royal Bay, Tahiti in bark Endeavour on his first voyage to South Pacific
14/Apr/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook anchored in Matavai Bay, Tahiti; to observe the transit of Venus on first voyage to Pacific
3/Jun/1769 In Tahiti, First Lieutenant James Cook successfully observed transit of Venus
10/Aug/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook left the Society Islands and headed south-west on his voyage to New Zealand and Australia
24/Sep/1769 Seaweed observed from First Lieutenant James Cook's Endeavour giving promise of land (New Zealand)
7/Oct/1769 Young Nick's Head sighted from Endeavour by Nicholas Young, ship's boy, and named by First Lieutenant James Cook
8/Oct/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook anchored the bark Endeavour in Poverty Bay which he originally named as Endeavour Bay
9/Oct/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander went ashore at the future site of Gisborne
11/Oct/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook left Poverty Bay in Endeavour to begin the circum-navigation of the New Zealand coast
15/Oct/1769 Cape Kidnappers named by First Lieutenant James Cook after kidnapping of his interpreter's Tahitian servant
17/Oct/1769 First Lieutenant Cook turned the Endeavour northwards off NZ and gave the name Cape Turnagain to the land in sight
20/Oct/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook named Cape Gable End Foreland; anchored the bark Endeavour in Anaura or Tokomaru Bay
23/Oct/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook's ship Endeavour anchored in Tolaga Bay
31/Oct/1769 East Cape, Cape Runaway and Hicks Bay named by First Lieutenant James Cook
1/Nov/1769 White Island named by First Lieutenant James Cook on his first voyage to New Zealand and the Pacific
3/Nov/1769 Mayor Island and the Court of Aldermen named by First Lieutenant James Cook
4/Nov/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook's bark Endeavour arrived at Mercury Bay on his first voyage to New Zealand
9/Nov/1769 Scientists on First Lieutenant James Cook's Endeavour observed the Transit of Mercury at Cooks Beach, Mercury Bay
15/Nov/1769 The British flag was flown at Mercury Bay as First Lieutenant James Cook took formal possession of New Zealand
16/Nov/1769 Kauri Gum found by First Lieutenant James Cook
9/Nov/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook's Endeavour anchored at Waiomu in the Firth of Thames during his first voyage to Pacific
25/Nov/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook's Endeavour anchored in Bream Bay on his first voyage to New Zealand
27/Nov/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook's bark Endeavour passed Cape Brett which he named after Admiral Sir Piercy Brett
29/Nov/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook's bark Endeavour anchored at Motu Arohia Island in the Bay of Islands on his first voyage
6/Dec/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook's Endeavour struck a rock while leaving Bay of Islands but suffered no serious damage
10/Dec/1769 North Cape first sighted by First Lieutenant James Cook
17/Dec/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook and Frenchman Jean de Surville passed each other off North Cape without knowing each there
19/Dec/1769 North Cape given its name by First Lieutenant James Cook
25/Dec/1769 First Lieutenant James Cook's Endeavour lay off Three Kings Islands; Christmas was celebrated in the evening
30/Dec/1769 Cape Maria van Diemen sighted by First Lieutenant James Cook on his first voyage to New Zealand
1/Jan/1770 First Lt. James Cook (after battling foul weather for 3 weeks) able to close on Cape Maria van Diemen and resume survey
10/Jan/1770 Mt Karioi and Albatross Point sighted by First Lieutenant James Cook
11/Jan/1770 Mt Egmont (Taranaki) sighted by First Lieutenant James Cook and named by him on 13th of January
12/Jan/1770 Sugarloaves (Ngamotu) sighted by First Lieutenant James Cook near future sight of New Plymouth
14/Jan/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook sighted (what is now) Kapiti Island; named it Entry Isle on February 7th
15/Jan/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook's bark Endeavour entered Queen Charlotte Sound
16/Jan/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook anchored in Ship Cove (Queen Charlotte Sound) until February 6th repairing the Endeavour
23/Jan/1770 Cook Strait discovered when First Lieutenant James Cook climbed hill in Marlborough Sounds and sighted the eastern sea
6/Feb/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook's bark Endeavour left Queen Charlotte Sound after spending 21 days repairing his ship
7/Feb/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook's bark Endeavour sailed eastward through Cook Strait; James Cook named Cape Palliser
7/Feb/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook named what is now Kapiti Island as Entry Isle; had sighted it on January 14th
9/Feb/1770 The Endeavour again reached Cape Turnagain; James Cook proved to officers that they had circumnavigated North Island
14/Feb/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook's bark Endeavour passed Kaikoura Peninsula
16/Feb/1770 Banks Peninsula sighted; First Lt James Cook thought it might be an island and named it Banks Island on following day
17/Feb/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook off Banks Peninsula recorded in his log "This island which I have named after Mr Banks"
18/Feb/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook's Endeavour passed just north of future site of Oamaru but too far off to see land
25/Feb/1770 First Lt. James Cook sighted and named Cape Saunders and identified several bays nearby; one probably Port Chalmers Heads
25/Feb/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook named a hill on the Taieri Plain, Saddle Hill
4/Mar/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook, close into Otago coast on Endeavour named a harbour after sailing master, Robert Molineux
6/Mar/1770 Ruapuke Island sighted by First Lieutenant James Cook on his first voyage to New Zealand
10/Mar/1770 South Cape sighted & later named by First Lieutenant James Cook; almost grounded Endeavour on reef he named the Traps
11/Mar/1770 When Stewart Island sighted, First Lieutenant James Cook assumed (with some doubt) that it might be part of the mainland
11/Mar/1770 First Lt James Cook on Endeavour sighted and named the Solander Islands after Daniel Carl Solander (Swedish botanist)
14/Mar/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook sailed past Dusky Sound at dusk (hence the Sound's name) but did not enter
21/Mar/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook in Endeavour passed what Tasman named "Clyppygen Hoeck"; renamed Cape Foulwind, West Coast
27/Mar/1770 First Lieutenant James Cook anchored Endeavour in Admiralty Bay after completing circumnavigation of the South Island
1/Apr/1770 The bark Endeavour left New Zealand at conclusion of First Lieutenant James Cook's first visit
9/Mar/1771 1st Lieutenant Cook's bark Endeavour made her best ever day's run covering 210 miles (338Km) on her return to England
12/Jul/1771 The bark Endeavour arrived back in England at conclusion of First Lieutenant James Cook's first voyage to Pacific
14/Aug/1771 Captain James Cook received by King George III in London; rewarded with a Commander's commission
15/Aug/1771 The Endeavour (Commander Cook's vessel on his discovery of NZ) commissioned as a store ship for the Falkland Islands
12/Apr/1772 Anders Sparrman arrived at Capetown; hired by Johann Forster as a naturalist for Cmdr Cook's 2nd voyage on Resolution
12/Jul/1772 Crozet (Marion du Fresne expedition), unaware of Cook's claim, claimed New Zealand for France calling it Austral-France
13/Jul/1772 Commander James Cook left England in Resolution at start of his second voyage; Tobias Furneaux commanding Adventure
8/Sep/1772 Commander James Cook's Resolution & Tobias Furneaux's Adventure crossed equator heading for NZ on Cook's 2nd voyage
22/Nov/1772 Commander James Cook departed from the Cape of Good Hope in Resolution heading for New Zealand on his second voyage
17/Jan/1773 Commander James Cook's Resolution and Adventure (Furneaux) crossed the Antarctic Circle for first time in history
8/Feb/1773 Cook's Resolution and Adventure (Furneaux) parted company in a gale in Antarctic waters; did not meet until 18th May
25/Mar/1773 NZ sighted by James Cook (2nd voyage) on Resolution; William Bligh (of future Bounty fame) was master of Resolution
26/Mar/1773 Commander James Cook's Resolution (462 tons) arrived at entrance of Dusky Sound on his second voyage to New Zealand
27/Mar/1773 Commander James Cook's Resolution anchored in Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Sound; named after his Lt.Richard Pickersgill
28/Mar/1773 Maori of Ngati-Mamoe tribe seen by officers of Commander James Cook's Resolution in Cascade Cove, Dusky Sound
28/Mar/1773 Men from Commander James Cook's Resolution started clearing scrub for an observatory on Astronomers Point, Dusky Sound
1/Apr/1773 Maori family that had been befriended by Commander Cook on April 6th departed from Dusky Sound; never to be seen again
6/Apr/1773 Commander James Cook on Resolution (462 tons) made first contact with a Maori family in Indian Cove, Dusky Sound
7/Apr/1773 Tobias Furneaux arrived at Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound in Adventure; had parted from Cook's Resolution Feb 8th
12/Apr/1773 Maori family in Dusky Sound paid a return visit to First Lieutenant James Cook's camp in Pickersgill Harbour
23/Apr/1773 Lt.Pickersgill & 3 companions of Cook's Resolution climbed peak behind Cascade Cove (Dusky Sound) collecting specimens
29/Apr/1773 James Cook's Resolution left Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Sound after 5-week stay but did not clear entrance till May 11
18/May/1773 Commander James Cook on Resolution rejoined Tobias Furneaux on Adventure at Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound
20/May/1773 Commander James Cook on Resolution released a ram and a ewe at Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound
7/Jun/1773 Commander James Cook (Resolution) & Tobias Furneaux (Adventure) left Queen Charlotte Sound bound for the Society Islands
23/Sep/1773 Manuae (Hervey Islands) in the Cook Group discovered and named by Commander James Cook
21/Oct/1773 Commander James Cook and Tobias Furneaux sighted NZ in vicinity of Table Cape on their return from the Society Islands
30/Oct/1773 Cook (Resolution) & Furneaux Adventure) lost sight of each other's ships in Cook Strait; did not meet again on this trip
2/Nov/1773 Commander James Cook's Resolution passed through Cook Strait, sighting the entrance to Port Nicholson (Wellington)
3/Nov/1773 Commander James Cook's Resolution once again anchored in Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound on his second voyage
23/Nov/1773 Commander James Cook's men ex Resolution went ashore at Ship Cove and found the remains of a cannibal feast
25/Nov/1773 Despairing of meeting Adventure again, Commander Cook left Ship Cove in Resolution and did not return until Oct 1774
26/Nov/1773 Commander James Cook in Resolution departed from New Zealand off Cape Palliser at end of his second visit
30/Nov/1773 Captain Tobias Furneaux arrived in Queen Charlotte Sound on the Adventure (336 tons); Commander Cook had left on 25th
7/Dec/1773 Commander James Cook's Resolution in Pacific in position exactly opposite to London, England; toasts were drank
20/Dec/1773 Commander James Cook in Resolution crossed Antarctic Circle for second time on his second voyage to Pacific
23/Dec/1773 Departure of Captain Tobias Furneaux's ship Adventure from New Zealand; had failed to meet up with Commander Cook
26/Jan/1774 Commander James Cook in Resolution crossed Antarctic Circle for third time on his second voyage to the Pacific
3/Feb/1774 Commander James Cook in Resolution crossed Antarctic Circle for fourth time on his second voyage to the Pacific
6/Feb/1774 Commander James Cook in Resolution crossed the Antarctic Circle for the fifth time on his second voyage to the Pacific
11/Mar/1774 Commander James Cook in Resolution sighted Easter Island on his second voyage in Pacific (returning to England)
14/Mar/1774 Commander James Cook in Resolution landed on Easter Island and traded goods for food (on his second voyage to Pacific)
16/Mar/1774 Commander James Cook in Resolution left Easter Island after a 3 day visit (on his second voyage to the Pacific)
6/Apr/1774 Commander James Cook in Resolution arrived at Marquesas Islands on his way home after his second voyage to the Pacific
22/Apr/1774 Commander James Cook in vessel Resolution anchored at Tahiti towards the end of his second voyage to the Pacific
5/Jun/1774 Commander James Cook in Resolution passed Lord Howe's Island at the end of his second voyage to the Pacific
16/Jun/1774 Palmerston Island in the Cook Group discovered by Commander James Cook on Resolution on his 2nd voyage to the Pacific
14/Jul/1774 Captain Tobias Furneaux arrived back in England in Adventure after trip to New Zealand; part of trip with James Cook
10/Oct/1774 Commander James Cook in Resolution landed on and named Norfolk 'Isle' towards the end of his second voyage to Pacific
17/Oct/1774 Commander James Cook returned to New Zealand in Resolution for third time on his second voyage and sighted Mt Egmont
18/Oct/1774 Resolution anchored in Ship Cove; Commander James Cook found evidence of Furneaux's visit and tragedy at Grass Cove
22/Oct/1774 Bark Endeavour (Captain Cook's vessel on his 1st voyage to NZ) paid off after completing her 3rd trip to Falkland Is
5/Nov/1774 The southern entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound (later named Tory Channel) discovered by Commander James Cook
10/Nov/1774 Commander James Cook left Queen Charlotte Sound at the conclusion of his third visit to New Zealand on his 2nd voyage
7/Mar/1775 The bark Endeavour (Captain Cook's vessel for his 1st trip to NZ) sold by the Royal Navy for $1,290
30/Jul/1775 James Cook on Resolution anchored at Spithead, England ending his 2nd voyage to NZ and Pacific of 3 years 18 days
9/Aug/1775 Commander James Cook presented at St James Palace, London and promoted to Post-Captain
17/Mar/1776 Captain James Cook elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
13/Apr/1776 An agreement signed between J.Forster/Earl of Sandwich/Captain Cook that Forster to write scientific story of expedition
12/Jul/1776 Cook left England in Resolution at start of his 3rd voyage, followed by Discovery (Charles Clerke) 3 weeks later
1/Aug/1776 Captain Charles Clerke of Discovery left Plymouth, England, to join Captain James Cook in the Pacific
10/Nov/1776 Captain Charles Clerke of Discovery arrived at Cape of Good Hope 3 weeks after Captain James Cook; later met in Pacific
10/Feb/1777 Captain James Cook with Resolution and Discovery sighted New Zealand just south of Cape Farewell on his third voyage
12/Feb/1777 Captain James Cook's Resolution along with the Discovery arrived at Queen Charlotte Sound
26/Feb/1777 Captain James Cook's final departure from New Zealand on the Resolution along with Discovery (on his 3rd voyage)
29/Mar/1777 Mangaia in the Cook Islands discovered by Captain James Cook on his fourth voyage to the Pacific
31/Mar/1777 Atiu and Takutea in the Cook Islands discovered by Captain James Cook
3/Aug/1778 Death of William Anderson; artist on Captain Cook's 2nd voyage on Resolution and on 3rd voyage as Ships Surgeon
14/Feb/1779 Death of Captain James Cook at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii; murdered by natives (body dismembered and parts eaten)
21/Feb/1779 Resolution in Hawaii fired 10 minute guns (with colours half-staff up) when remains of Capt Cook committed to the deep
22/Aug/1779 Death of Charles Clerke; Captain of Discovery which accompanied Captain James Cook on his third voyage to New Zealand
30/Sep/1780 Vessels Resolution and Discovery arrived back in England after Captain James Cook's third voyage to New Zealand
02/Nov/1791 Captain Vancouver in Discovery and Captain Broughton in Chatham arrived at Dusky Sound to extend Cook's survey of 1773
15/Nov/1791 Captain Vancouver's expedition visited Astronomers Point, Dusky Sound where Captain Cook's men built observatory in 1773
8/Nov/1792 Robert Murry ex Britannia went to Astronomers Point, Dusky Sound where Captain Cook's men built an observatory in 1773
12/Nov/1792 Captain Raven and Robert Murray saw Maori in Acheron Passage, Dusky Sound; first since Captain Cook's sighting in 1773
10/Jan/1794 Death of George Forster of pneumonia in Paris; son of Johann Forster (both naturalists on Captain Cook's 2nd voyage)
30/Apr/1816 The British Admiralty finally gave Captain James Cook's map of New Zealand the recognition it deserved by publishing it
19/Jun/1820 Death of Sir Joseph Banks at Spring Grove, England; Botanist and co-explorer on Captain James Cook's first voyage to NZ
5/Feb/1827 Dumont d'Urville anchored Astrolabe at Captain James Cook's (55 years earlier) anchorage in Tolaga Bay
21/Nov/1853 Death of Te Horeta at Waiau, Coromandel; Ngati Whanaunga leader, as a child he had met Captain Cook (Mercury Bay, 1769)
18/Oct/1869 Original town name of Tutaenui replaced by Marton (named after Captain James Cook's birthplace)
2/Mar/1871 Governor Bowen suspected Admiralty Charts (ignored reef at entrance to Cascade Cove, Dusky Sound) Cook's charts did not
6/Feb/1873 Dr J.Hector (Govt Geologist) visited Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Sound and collected samples of trees cut on Cook's visit
2/Mar/1874 Capt Fairchild visited Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Sound, on board Luna; viewed probable site of Captain Cook's landing
2/Mar/1874 Capt Fairchild confirmed a reef at entrance Cascade Cove, Dusky Sound; on Cook's charts but not on recent Admiralty chart
14/Jan/1900 With help of a copy of James Cook's journal,Richard Henry photographed the site of Cook's landing in Dusky Sound in 1773
13/Jun/1901 Birth of John Cawte Beaglehole in Wellington; future Professor, historian and World authority on Captain James Cook
8/Oct/1906 James Cook memorial obelisk unveiled at Gisborne to commemorate James Cook's first landing in New Zealand
11/Feb/1913 Monument to Captain James Cook unveiled at Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound by Governor; 2,000 people attended
23/Jan/1970 22ft 6in scale model of Captain Cook's Endeavour put into Lyttelton Harbour; being used on tour for Cook's bicentenary
12/Mar/1970 The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princess Anne arrived for Cook Bicentenary - Princess Anne's 1st visit
15/Mar/1970 3 seamen swept overboard from frigate Waikato while escorting Royal yacht Britannia in Cook Strait storm; one drowned
30/Mar/1970 The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princess Anne departed NZ after a visit for the James Cook Bicentenary
22/Feb/1971 Bark Endeavour II lost 4-day battle against gales and sunk off Parengarenga Harbour near North Cape; model of Cook's
10/Oct/1971 Death of J.C. Beaglehole; NZ historian, Professor of History and world renowned World expert on Captain James Cook
9/Oct/1990 Captain James Cook's landing site at Gisborne declared a National Historic Reserve
5/Jan/1996 The Australian-built replica of First Lieutenant James Cook's bark Endeavour arrived in the Bay of Islands
17/Feb/1996 The replica of James Cook's bark Endeavour arrived in Lyttelton for a visit
20/Mar/1996 Replica of Captain Cook's bark Endeavour arrived at Cook Cove in Dusky Sound; original entered Sound in 17730

Updated: February 2000

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