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250th anniversary


In 1768 James Cook began the first of his three famous voyages to the Pacific. They ended with his death in 1779, and the return of his men in 1780.

In 2018 began the 250th anniversary of these voyages with many commemorative events taking place around the world.

Information about Cook's life, his men, his ships, and the modern commemorations can be found on these pages.

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Today marks the 250 th anniversary of Cook steering the Endeavour and her crew into Botany Bay . I reflect on how many more stories are yet to be told about ' first contact ' . Cook himself was such a capable navigator and commander , but so were many men and women already living and working in this beautiful country. We surely need more stories , more history and more knowledge of the colonial past and the British politics that preceeded the European settlement . It is such an irony , isn't it, that Cook felt he had failed by not discovering ' the great Southern land ' , when the land he arrived in happened to be just that .
By Alexandra Grimwade on 4/29/2020 2:10:36 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Looking forward to the celebrations of this magnificent voyage and the people involved.
By Ian Nicol on 2/20/2020 12:05:56 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Jeff, glad that you like the website. I recommend that you check out the website
It lists a range of Cook related events being planned for Australia in 2020.
By Cliff Thornton on 12/14/2019 10:39:09 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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A wonderful site and look forward to next years anniversary at Botany Bay, are there any events planned that the public can obtain tickets too?
By Jeff Watson on 12/13/2019 6:52:33 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Irene, thank you for your enquiry. Sailing to Gisbourne in the replica Endeavour, that will be a memorable day for all concerned, I wish I could be there. The various communities which will be visited by Endeavour are finalising their various events and activities. The Captain Cook Society is trying to keep up to date with these events. For the latest information go to the following page
This information will be updated as information is received, so please check out that page over the coming months.
By Cliff Thornton on 4/29/2019 8:50:06 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I am a paying crew member on HMB Endeavour Replica and we land in Gisbourne Tuesday 1st October 2019. Are any events planned for that arrival? I look forward to a newsletter. Kind regards
Irene Wynne, Inverell NSW Australia. 0428241392
By Irene Wynne on 4/29/2019 11:22:45 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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David, this website carries information about the forthcoming commemorative events being organised in New Zealand. Either click on the above Commemorations link, or go to
New events are being announced by organisations in NZ as the 250th event approaches, so it is worth Googling for the current situation.
By Cliff Thornton on 3/6/2019 2:20:59 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I would like to be kept informed of events relating to the 250th anniversary of James Cook's visit to New Zealand.
By David Sims on 3/5/2019 9:36:51 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Graeme, thank you for your interesting enquiry. A number of men of Kent served under Captain Cook on his three voyages of exploration. I have found two who came from near Ramsgate.
John Smally, born at Deal in 1746, served as an AB seaman on the Resolution on Cook's second voyage (1772-1775).
James Marshall, born at Sandwich in 1757, served as an AB seaman on DIscovery on Cook's third voyage (1776-1780).
I have not found any connections with Ramsgate.
At the end of his first voyage, on Saturday 13 July 1771, Cook anchored Endeavour in the Downs, and immediately came ashore at Deal to make his way to London and report to the Admiralty.
By Cliff Thornton on 2/15/2019 9:11:42 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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I am a member of The Ramsgate Society, Kent UK.
Are there any links with Ramsgate Harbour and his voyages.
I understand that Deal and the Downs are featured as moorings.

By Graeme Campbell on 2/15/2019 10:19:30 AM Like:0 DisLike:0

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