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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.

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Endeavour Replica tour 2020-2021
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

Point Hicks and Mallacoota, 18 April, 2020
The planned commemorations have been cancelled due to the disastrous fires over the summer.

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 three days of 30 April to 2 May, at the State Library of NSW, Sydney.
Places must be booked. The cost for tickets is now $50 per day, i.e. $150 for the 3 days.
There is a cafe in the building for lunch and other refreshments.
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

Many events took place during 2019, the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook sailing around the North Island in Endeavour on his First Voyage to the Pacific.
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. 


Some events took place during 2019, the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's visit to Tahiti in Endeavour on his First Voyage to the Pacific.

United Kingdom

Many events took place during 2018, the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook sailing from Plymouth in Endeavour on his First Voyage to the Pacific.
Some evenbts also took place in 2019.

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I wanted to see the Endeavour in Lyttleton and show my support of Captain Cook and his crew
that sailed here into unknown waters. I also wanted to see the Wakas that sailed from Polynesian
to New Zealand but that is not to be, which makes me sad.
By Stephan Belchef on 11/28/2019 9:13:51 PM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Please follow the link under the section Australia Endeavour Replica tour, which shows Endeavour will be in Sydney in February, 2020
By Ian Boreham, Webmaster on 9/18/2019 11:10:47 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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When and where will Endeavour be in NZ from the beginning of February 2020?
By philip holder on 9/18/2019 8:40:15 AM Like:0 DisLike:0
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Just a short note HM Bark Endeavour will be in NZ Oct 1- Dec 4 2019....not Jan 2020. Unfortunately the Endeavour won't be in Marlborough area in 2020. Endeavour sails south to Hobart in March 2020 in preparation so the ship can sail north into Botany Bay for April 2020.
By Debbie Gibson on 2/16/2019 4:14:18 AM Like:1 DisLike:0
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Thanks for your good work.
By Gerald Tedrow on 2/15/2018 4:16:53 PM Like:1 DisLike:0

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