Events 2020

Australian National Maritime Museum to reopen on June 22

It’s hard to believe that it has been eight weeks since we temporarily closed our doors. Since then, we have been working hard behind the scenes to create new and exciting ways to stay connected with you, our visitors.

As many of us look to art and culture to provide a salve to the uncertainty and disruption we are experiencing we were pleased to hear this week of the restrictions being lifted and the re-opening up of Australia’s museums and galleries.

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our utmost priority and over the next few weeks we will be putting in place new procedures to ensure the museum is a safe place to work and visit before we reopen our doors on 22 June. Our members will be offered a sneak peek and exclusive access to experience the ‘new museum’ from the 15th of June.

The changes include pre-booked sessions to manage visitor numbers, social distancing, increased cleaning measures and changes to some of the experiences. Experiences such as our submarine and 3D cinema, which require visitors to be in enclosed spaces, will unfortunately not be offered at present. Similarly, we will not be offering high touch experiences such as children's play activities.

While some of the museum is closed we are also in the process of planning new programs we can host while social distancing measures are in place. We’re also focused on continuing our online offer to ensure those who can’t physically visit still get to experience the museum.

Finally we would like to thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you back at the museum very soon. In the interim, we encourage you to stay connected and bring the museum to you with our wide range of virtual experiences.

With warm regards,
Kevin Sumption
Director and CEO

Meeting of Two Cultures at Kurnell CANCELLED for 2020

Please note the following statement from Sutherland Shire Council in regards to the Meeting of Two Cultures event;


The safety and wellbeing of our entire community is Council’s utmost priority as we respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.


Given the current public health directives from Federal and State Government, Council cannot proceed with the Meeting of Two Cultures event, planned for 29 April 2020 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of first contact between the Gweagal Community and the crew of the Endeavour ship on the shores of Kamay Botany Bay National Park in 1770.


It has been a difficult decision to cancel this event, which marks a significant moment in our nations shared history. However, the health and wellbeing of all in our community has to be a priority in these challenging times.

Encounters 2020 tour suspended

The Australian National Maritime Museum has today announced the suspension of the circumnavigation of Australia by the HMB Endeavour and the companion touring exhibition “Looking Back, Looking Forward”.

The Museum is currently considering options for other ways to mark the anniversary, including through its online program.

The Museum has suspended the program to ensure the health and safety of the public and voyage crew given the current COVID 19 pandemic.

“This decision was not taken lightly. After 4 years of planning, this is disappointing but it is necessary at this time. I trust the public will understand and hope they engage with our digital resources instead” Museum Director, Kevin Sumption said.

The Museum is currently liaising with the communities the ship was due to visit and this week will commence the process of providing refunds to the people who purchased tickets for the voyage.

The Endeavour replica remains an important part of the Museum’s fleet and further opportunities to share it with the people of Australia will be sought in the future.

2020 News

Article in Australian Plants Journal by Doug Benson

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250th anniversary of Captain Cook's first voyage to Australia - limited edition box set available 

Special OFFER:

Special Offer and FREE book from Melbourne University Press for Ray Parkin's ENDEAVOUR.
Email Dominika to order:

Unfortunately, the many events in celebration of 250 years since James Cook's first voyage to Australia and the Pacific in 1770 have had to be cancelled. However, we can still mark this important moment in history with the release a very special limited edition box set, featuring maritime painter Ray Parkin’s original detailed charts and drawings of Endeavour.

Until 3rd June 2020. with every purchase of this limited edition, I am giving away a copy of the stunning A Hostile Beauty.


Delivery is free to one address within Australia.

Receive 15% ofBox set rrp $200 The H.M Bark Endeavour Box Set includes Ray Parkin’s original detailed charts and drawings of Endeavour.

I look forward to hearing feedback.

Take care.

Kind regards,

Dominika Greinert
Direct Sales Executive,
Melbourne University Publishing

Level 1, 715 Swanston Street, Carlton VIC 3053
M: 0416 191 729



Melbourne University Publishing has published  a very special limited edition box set to mark the 250th Anniversary of James Cook's first voyage to Australia and the Pacific in 1770/



Here, in one accessible volume, is Ray Parkin's highly acclaimed and multi-award winning study of Captain James Cook's Endeavour. This incomparable book is a unique account of a great journey - Endeavour's voyage up the east coast of Australia in 1770 - and a remarkable re-creation of the experience of being on board ship. Parkin draws on meticulous research to reveal what the Endeavour looked like, how it sailed, how it smelled, what daily life would have been like for those on board. 

A composite log of Endeavour's voyage-extracts from journals kept by those on board-is supplemented by an interpretive commentary and explanatory charts. H.M. Bark Endeavour is an absorbing book: discursive, erudite, at times poetic, full of wisdom, insight and information.



Ideal for:

  • Travelling back in time to meet Cook on the Endeavour 

  • Commemorate the 250th anniversary of Cook's first voyage to Australia 

  • Gifting to history buffs 

  • Education resource 


 The below discounts are available until end of May 2020 in Australia.

  • 2+ copies: 20% off rrp

  • 3+ copies: 25% off rrp

  • 5+ copies: 35% off rrp

Delivery is free to one address within Australia.



Box set rrp $200 The H.M Bark Endeavour Box Set includes Ray Parkin’s original detailed charts and drawings of Endeavour.


Standard updated edition rrp $100



To place an order, email Dominika at MUP:

The 2020 sub-committee was involved in the co-ordination for the 1770 in 2020 Symposium, however due to the evolving and rapidly changing notification and advice on the Covid-19 Corona virus world pandemic

the Symposium has been CANCELLED.



NSW Govt webpage


Captain Cook Society
President: John Robson
232b Old Farm Road, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand

Secretary: Alwyn Peel
13, Cowdry Close, Thornhill, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire WF12 OLW, United Kingdom


2020 Sub-Committee

Mal Nicolson                     BarryKinnaird            Patrick Dodd

 John Atkins      Paul Brunton


Mallacoota and Cann River 2020 Cook commemorations for April, HAVE been cancelled!

We have  heard from Mallacoota that because of continuing fires, the closed National Park and the recovery effort, that Mallacoota and Cann River have decided to cancel the Festival and the remaining events and take down the Festival website.
This district is still undergoing extreme problems and continuing fire events.
Parks Victoria have also closed Point Hicks and Tamboon Inlet plus the Croajingolong National Park due to fire risks in the area and road access problems.
It is not known when this will cease, at this stage.
Thus the Captain Cook Society (Aust) and New Zealand joint meeting planned for Mallacoota 2020 is Cancelled!
Thus we have postponed the proposed CCSA meeting to a future time and location;   advice on this decision will be notified. 
Apologies to all affected by this news, however our thoughts and prayers are still with the people within these affected areas, and their ongoing struggles and challenges!

A NEW Cook website
Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the voyage along the east coast of New Holland in 1770'

Victoria Meeting Postponed!

The meeting of the Captain Cook Society and the CCS(A) Inc. AGM is postponed to a date and time still to be determined.

 . Due to the Covid19 problems and restrictions this situation will continue to be monitored and any changes notified.


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