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Events 2020

PM announces 2020 voyaging for HMB Endeavour


A replica of Captain Cook's famous ship the Endeavour will travel around Australia as part of celebrations marking the 250 years since the British explorer's arrival here.

Announcing $6.7 million in funding for the 14-month trip, which includes events at 38 stops around the coast, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said HMB Endeavour's voyage was "the reason Australia is what it is today" and ought to be commemorated.

Cook's 1770 arrival at the continent now called Australia, which had been inhabited by Indigenous people for at least 65,000 years, will also be marked by the Cooktown 2020 Festival which the government is funding with a $5.45 million grant.

"As the 250th anniversary nears we want to help Australians better understand Captain Cook’s historic voyage and its legacy for exploration, science and reconciliation," Mr Morrison said in a statement.

"That voyage is the reason Australia is what it is today and it’s important we take the opportunity to reflect on it."

The Endeavour voyaging will be undertaken by the Australian National Maritime Museum's Endeavour replica, which was launched in 1993.

The journey is expected to start in Sydney in May 2020 and end in May 2021, taking in six stops in NSW, four in Victoria, 14 in Queensland, eight in Western Australia, four in South Australia, two in Tasmania and two in the Northern Territory.

The government funding for the Cooktown 2020 festival will support various projects, including some focused on Indigenous history.

On his famous 1768-1771 voyage to the Pacific, Cook carried secret orders to seek out a much-hyped "continent or land of great extent" and take possession for King George III, alongside scientific goals. The Endeavour would be the first known European ship to make landfall on the eastern coast of Australia.

Cook charted the east coast but did not circumnavigate Australia.

In a 1801-1803 voyage, Matthew Flinders was the first to sail around the entire country, on board the HMS Investigator.

It was revealed late last year that marine archaeologists believe they have found the wreckage of the Endeavour in waters off Newport, Rhode Island, in the United States, where it was scuttled during the American War of Independence.

The breakthrough has raised hopes the ship could be excavated in time for Australia's 250th anniversary commemorations of Cook's voyage.

See here for 2020 Meeting of Two Cultures at Kamay / Botany Bay


2020 Symposium

The 2020 sub-committee is involved in the co-ordination for the 1770 in 2020 Symposium, however the main task is seen to be an information gathering and distribution conduit for all those events in the 2020 year through-out Australia (and earlier in New Zealand).

          It was planned to host a commemoration on 20th April 2020 at Point Hicks. The first point of land sighted in 1770.

However Parks Victoria have closed Point Hicks and the Park due to fires in the area, thus this has had to be cancelled.


Symposium 1770 in 2020 will be held at a number of different locations, being sponsored and supported by Major Institutions in Sydney:


Wednesday 29th April: Meeting of Two Cultures- Kamay / Botany Bay commemoration, joining the Sutherland Shire  Council activities,

Thursday 30th April:  State Library of NSW 

Metcalfe Auditorium 9am

           Cook & Exploration  

Official opening                                                        

Prof. Alan Frost   ..The Pleasure of Discovery        and the Possibilities of Botany

Dr Adrienne Kaeppler (USA) ..............                      "Collectors and Collections of 'Artificial Curiosities'  from Cook's Voyages" 

John Robson (NZ)  ..........Cook Mapping

Richard Ferguson............ Cook in Antarctica

Damien Webb...................Eight Days in Kamay                                                 and exhibit viewing.


Friday 1st  May:     Botanic Gardens 

Maiden Theatre   9am

            (Banks and Solander) 

Swedish Scholar  to speak on Solander.

Phillip Armstrong, Russell Armstrong & Jim Nicol                        ..........First Impressions talk and Gardens Walk

Dr Brett Summerell .....1770 collection                                  (Banks /   Florilegium }            

Dr Doug Benson..................Botany of Botany Bay             

The Florilegium Society have a new display of floral Artworks        


Saturday 2nd  May: ANMM Darling Harbour.

Auditorium  9am

              (Cook and Endeavour)  

Capt.  John Dikkenberg ..voyaging Endeavour     

Dr James Hunter .. The search for Endeavour    

Alberta Hornsby and Loretta Sullivan ......................Cooktown Contact and Interaction      Followed by enjoying the Wooden Boat Festival                                         .  


 Booking details go to


Cost $150 for the 3 x days or $50 per day.


To this end a 2020 calendar has been established, information is now published on our web page at   www.cook250.com  and facebook  https://www.facebook.com/CookSocietyAust



Captain Cook Society
President: John Robson
232b Old Farm Road, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand
Email: President@CaptainCookSociety.com

Secretary: Alwyn Peel
13, Cowdry Close, Thornhill, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire WF12 OLW, United Kingdom
Email: Secretary@CaptainCookSociety.com


2020 Sub-Committee

Mal Nicolson malnico@bigpond.com                     BarryKinnaird  barry.kinnaird@gmail.com            Patrick Dodd  patrickdodd@bigpond.com

 John Atkins   colinatkins5@optusnet.com.au      Paul Brunton  p.brunton5@gmail.com


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 is Cancelled!
Thus we are activly seeking to re site the proposed CCSA meeting to a location where more people might be encouraged to attend, advice on this decision will be advised as soon as possible, subject to a location and bookings being found. (Probably in Melbourne for Saturday 18th April 2020)
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!