Commemorations

 

Many plans are being drawn up around the world to commemorate Cook’s voyages of Pacific exploration, and his encounters with the indigenous peoples he encountered.

Click on the name of the country for further information about what is being planned in Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and the United Kingdom.

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Australia

Endeavour Replica tour

A replica of Endeavour will sail around Australia, stopping at 39 locations.
For more information visit https://www.sea.museum/whats-on/events/sail-the-endeavour/2020-21-circumnavigation-voyages

Exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, 8 April to 11 October 2020

The National Museum of Australia, will hold an exhibition from 8 April to 11 October, 2020, called “Endeavour Voyage – The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians”.
Visit www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/endeavour-voyage-untold-stories-cook-first-australians

Botany Bay on 29 April, 2020
On 29 April, 2020, Sutherland Shire Council will hold its annual commemoration of the arrival of Endeavour on the date of James Cook’s landing at Kurnell in Botany Bay

The Town of Seventeen Seventy, 6 to 31 May 2020
The annual festival at Seventeen Seventy will be held on 22 to 24 May, with the re-enactment of Cook’s landing taking place on the last morning, a Sunday, as it is the actual date of the original landing in the year 1770.  Plans are afoot to extend the celebrations so they begin on 6 May and end on 31 May.
Visit www.visitagnes1770.com.au/1770-festival

Cooktown, 17 July to 4 August, 2020
The planning of the Cooktown events are very advanced, but still subject to change, and extra items. 
Three festivals are due to take place from 17 July to 4 August: Reconciliation Rocks Music Festival, Cooktown Discovery Festival, and Endeavour Festival. 
Re-enactments of Cook’s landing will take place several times: on 21 June, to commemorate the 250th Anniversary (with a separate event on 17 June, the actual anniversary); on 26 July; and on 2 August—all dates are Sundays. 
There will be a re-enactment of the First Reconciliation on 19 July.
Visit www.cooktown2020.com

1770 in 2020 Symposium, 29 April to 2 May, 2020
The Captain Cook Society in conjunction with major institutions, has coordinated a Symposium with leading speakers from Australia, New Zealand and worldwide.
It will take place over the four days of 29 April to 2 May, in Sydney.
Visit www.cook250.com

Three Cook Conferences
The Royal Historical Society of Queensland are organising three Cook conferences: Brisbane on 23 May, the Town of 1770 on 29 May, and Cooktown on 1 August
Visit www.queenslandhistory.org  

Mapping the Pacific Conference, Sydney, 7-9 September, 2020
The State Library of New South Wales is holding a conference called "Mapping the Pacific", from 7 to 9 September, 2020.
Visit https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/research-and-collections/research-and-engagement/mapping-pacific-conference

New Zealand

Four trusts have been established to fund and promote commemorative events in those areas visited by Endeavour.  The trusts have their own websites (see below), which are worth exploring, as their details of those events commemorating Captain Cook are not always immediately apparent.

Tuia-250 was established as an umbrella organisation with an overview of national and regional commemorative activities, to ensure a coordinated programme.  Its website at www.tuia250.nz shows the wide range of the participating organisations, both at a national and a community level. 

The main events will be focussed around the periods when the heritage flotilla will be visiting those areas.  The heritage flotilla includes the Endeavour replica and some ocean-going canoes from New Zealand and Tahiti.  At various points in the route, the flotilla may be joined by other historic sailing ships and some Naval craft.  Here is the schedule of the visits to be made by the flotilla, taken from the website www.tuia250.nz/tuia-250-voyage-flotilla-announced/

 

5 to 11 October, 2019, at Gisborne
The formal opening ceremony will be staged at Gisborne at dawn on 5 October.  It will celebrate 1,000 years of voyaging and navigation traditions.  This event will welcome the arrival of ocean-going canoes from New Zealand and Tahiti.  A second formal opening ceremony will be staged at Gisborne on 8 October.  It will celebrate and welcome the arrival of the Endeavour replica and acknowledge those first onshore encounters of 1769.  To find the range of events being organised in and around Gisborne, visit www.teha2019.co.nz

12 to 16 October, 2019, at Tolaga Bay
The lighting of the Te Pourewa beacon will guide the heritage flotilla into the cove at Tolaga Bay.  Much of this visit will focus on Tupaia, the Poly­nesian high priest and navigator who many Māori thought was the captain of Endeavour. 

18 to 21 October, 2019, at Mercury Bay
The heritage flotilla will continue along the coast to the bay where Cook and his men observed the Transit of Mercury.  Stories of Cook’s engagement in the area will be shared by the local iwi (tribe) Ngāti Hei.  There are many Captain Cook Society members living in this area who will be assisting with events celebrating the 250th anniversary.  To find the range of events being organised in and around Mercury Bay visit www.mercury250.org

25 to 28 October, 2019, at Auckland
At Auckland the heritage flotilla is expected to be joined by many heritage and other vessels.  There will be an opportunity to engage with the crew of the six vessels making up the flotilla, and opportunities to board the vessels.

31 October to 6 November, 2019, at Whangarei
7 to 11 November, 2019, at Bay of Islands

The heritage flotilla will be welcomed with a Māori ceremony performed on the water.  Celebratory events at this venue include a parade celebrating 1,000 years of voyaging.  A waka symposium and a maritime festival are being planned.  Māori from these communities will share the stories of their meetings with Cook.  In Northland the heritage flotilla will visit Doubtless Bay as a tribute to the late Sir Hector Busby, who died in May 2019.  He was a key figure in the revival of the Polynesian voyaging tradition.  To find the range of events being organised in and around the Bay of Islands, visit http://teaumarie1769.org.nz

21 to 28 November, 2019, at Marlborough Sound and Picton
Here the Māori welcoming ceremony will be performed at Ship Cove, where Cook returned three times.  From there, the flotilla will sail to Picton, where community activities and public events will be held.  To find the range of events being organised in and around Marlborough Sound, visit www.totaranui250.co.nz

30 November to 3 December, 2019, at Wellington
The heritage flotilla sails north to spend a few days at the capital of New Zealand.  It will be the last opportunity to see the Endeavour replica before she sails back to Australia to prepare for that country’s 250th celebrations.

6 to 10 December, 2019, at Lyttleton and Christchurch
Two vessels from the flotilla (the New Zealand waka and the barquentine Spirit of New Zealand) will sail south to extend the celebrations to more of the South Island.

15 December, 2019,  at Mahia (on the coast south of Gisborne)
Mahia, a site of significance for ancient Polynesian voyaging, has been chosen as the site for the closing ceremony of the Tuia Encounters celebration.  Following the ceremony, the different vessels comprising the heritage flotilla will depart for their respective homes. 

Tahiti

13 April, 2019

From 9am to 4pm, there will be several cultural activities, such as the traditional tattoo, tapa making, javelin throwing and peeling coconuts.
In the evening, from 5:30 pm to 10 pm, a traditional dinner show will take place on the beach of Point Venus.

17 April, 2019

The House of Culture-Te Fare Tauhiti Nui hosts a lecture by historian Corinne Raybaud, Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 pm at the Petit Theater
Corinne Raybaud is the author of the book "James Cook, Joseph Banks and Tupaia, 250 years ago in Tahiti" published by Mémoire du Pacifique.

United Kingdom

2018
Many events took place during 2018, the 250th anniversaty of Captain Cook sailing from Plymouth in Endeavour on his FirstVoyage to the Pacific.

11 May, 2019, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Marton

A talk by Phil Philo called "Venus, Paradise & the Society Islands: Cook's First Voyage, April to August, 1769".
From 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.
£3 per person, including light refreshments.
For more information visit https://allevents.in/middlesbrough/cooks-first-voyage-venus-paradise-and-the-society-islands/200017263920639

2 June, 2019, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Marton

A talk by John McCue called "The Transit of Venus Explained", in which he explains the phenomenon that Cook documented in Tahiti 250 years ago.
From 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.
£3 per person, including light refreshments.
For more information visit https://allevents.in/middlesbrough/2019-06-02

6 October, 2019, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Marton

A talk by Phil Philo called "In the Land of the Long White Cloud".  A look at Cook's circumnavigation and charting of New Zealand
From 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.
£3 per person, including light refreshments.
For more information visit https://allevents.in/middlesbrough/2019-10-06

 

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