Cook’s Discovery of Australia

On the 21st of August, 1770 Captain James Cook arrived at Nova Hollandia (previously discovered by Dutchman, Abel Tasman in 1644; several other Europeans before him and various Melanesian and South East Asian peoples around 45,000 years prior to that), subsequently claiming it for England and initially naming it ‘New Wales’.

John Webber, Captain Cook (looking somewhat despondent with his discovery of another Wales), circa 1776.

Jack Plane

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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4 Responses to Cook’s Discovery of Australia

  1. FIG Woodworks says:

    As an Australian I am ashamed that this day passes unnoticed, perhaps if Australian schools taught our history it would be noted.

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  2. Glen says:

    Nothing a nice little tropical holiday in Hawaii wouldn’t fix ‘eh chaps?

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  3. Joe M. says:

    Happy Cooks Day!

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