Cook's Departure  2018 Event.

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A weekend event at Mallacoota, Victoria, 25/26 August 2018, to mark the 250th anniversary of Lt James Cook and Endeavour’s departure from Plymouth Sound, 26th August 1768


This event seems likely to be one of the first in Australia in the lead up to the commemoration the 250th anniversary of Cook’s charting of the eastern coasts of Australia in 2020.

As Cook set out on his epic voyage on 25 August 1768, Endeavour sailed out of Plymouth Sound past the distinctive Ram Head (Cornwall, UK) on her starboard side.  By a remarkable topographical coincidence, 20 months later the first land feature on the Australian coast named  by Cook was a point that ‘rises to a round hillick, very much like the Ram head going into Plymouth Sound on which account I called it by that name’.   Cook’s Australian Ram Head lies on the coast of Victoria, SSE of Mallacoota and currently bears the name Little Rame Head.


The Restoring Cook’s Legacy Project 2020 invites you to join us for the weekend of 25/26 August 2018 at Mallacoota, East Gippsland, to commemorate Cook’s departure from Plymouth, and to see and learn more about Australia’s Ram Head, a remarkably overlooked point.  On Saturday afternoon, courtesy of U3A Mallacoota, there will be an illustrated talk ‘Lt James Cook on the coast of Victoria – a comedy of errors’ which will explain why today’s Point Hicks is not what Cook named, and why today’s Rame Head is not Cook’s Ram Head, as is popularly supposed.

On Sunday you will get to see remote Little Rame Head (Cook’s Ram Head) at a distance, and there will also be a walk to stand on the ‘round hillick’.  This is a really beautiful coastal walk of 12kms for the round trip, and one well worth the effort.  Fabulous views on the way and at Ram Head, plus prolific wildflowers and the chance of seeing the rare Ground Parrot.  You will join an elite group of people who have stood on this remote ‘hillick’ and been aware of its importance in Australia’s maritime history.  Subject to sufficient interest there is also the possibility of a boat trip to see Cook’s Ram Head from the sea as Cook saw it.

Mallacoota, on the edge of Croajingolong National Park, is a truly wonderful part of the world – see http://visitmallacoota. Why not plan to spend a few days in the area?

Please register your interest now with Trevor at to receive more information as it becomes available.

.Trevor Lipscombe, an amateur maritime historian who has had several articles published about Cook on this coast, will present the talk and lead the walk (no charge).  Trevor is one of very few people to have stood on the ‘hillick’ at both Ram Head, UK, and Ram Head, Victoria.    He is Project Manager of Restoring Cook’s Legacy 2020, a project of Australia on the Map, the history and heritage Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society, and a member of the Captain Cook Society.


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