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Captain Cook Collection

"Captain Cook: A Legacy of Exploration and Tragedy" In 1775, Captain James Cook embarked on a daring voyage that would forever shape the course of history

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Captain Cook meeting with Maori chiefs in New Zealand, 1769 (chromolitho)

Captain Cook meeting with Maori chiefs in New Zealand, 1769 (chromolitho)
2815906 Captain Cook meeting with Maori chiefs in New Zealand, 1769 (chromolitho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Banksia integrifolia, coastal banksia

Banksia integrifolia, coastal banksia
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779

Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779
Death of English explorer Captain James Cook in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1779. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: 1775 Captain James Cook explorer

1775 Captain James Cook explorer
James Cook, Captain of HMS Barc Endeavour (b. 7th November 1728 - d. 14th February 1779). Steel engraving by E. Scriven 1833 with later hand colouring, after the painting by N

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Gardenia taitensis, Tahitian gardenia

Gardenia taitensis, Tahitian gardenia
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Gardenia florida

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Eucalyptus crebra, narrow leaved ironbark tree

Eucalyptus crebra, narrow leaved ironbark tree
Finished watercolour by Fred Polydore Nodder from an original outine drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Sunset through silhouetted palm trees, Kona Coast, The Big Island, Hawaii

Sunset through silhouetted palm trees, Kona Coast, The Big Island, Hawaii

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Acacia nilotica, prickly acacia tree

Acacia nilotica, prickly acacia tree
Finished watercolour by Fred Polydore Nodder from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Captain Cooks ship moored on the quay in the harbour at Great Yarmouth

Captain Cooks ship moored on the quay in the harbour at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Hemiscyllium ocellatum, epaulette shark

Hemiscyllium ocellatum, epaulette shark
Ff. 56. Pencil sketch by Herman Dietrich Sporing made during Captain James Cooks first voyage to explore the southern continent 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Metrosideros excelsa, Christmas tree

Metrosideros excelsa, Christmas tree
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Old Map of the World on Mercators Projection 1851 Showing the Voyages of Captain Cook by John Tallis

Old Map of the World on Mercators Projection 1851 Showing the Voyages of Captain Cook by John Tallis
A fine facimile artworked from an antique original map of The World on Mercators Projection Showing the Voyages of Capatain Cook

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Captain James Cook taking possession of New South Wales in the name of the British Crown, 1770

Captain James Cook taking possession of New South Wales in the name of the British Crown, 1770. James Cook (1728-1779), English explorer, navigator and hydrographer, made three voyages of discovery

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Phalcoboenus australis, striated caracara

Phalcoboenus australis, striated caracara
Ff. 37. Watercolour painting by George Forster (1773) annotated Falco harpe mas junior and made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: World map by Mathieu Albert Lotter, Augsburg, 1778

World map by Mathieu Albert Lotter, Augsburg, 1778
World map from 1778. Original hand-colored copper engraving by Matthieu Albert Lotter (1741 - 1810, Augsburg) with route of James Cooks First Circumnavigation (1770), through Tahiti

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Banksia serrata, old man banksia

Banksia serrata, old man banksia
Finished watercolour by John Frederick Miller from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: PEXP2A-00015

PEXP2A-00015
Captain James Cook regarding a map. Hand-colored woodcut of a painting

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Red Kona coffee cherries on the vine, Captain Cook, The Big Island, Hawaii USA

Red Kona coffee cherries on the vine, Captain Cook, The Big Island, Hawaii USA

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Lambertia formosa, honey flower

Lambertia formosa, honey flower
Finished watercolour by John Frederick Miller from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Naso lituratus, orangespine unicornfish

Naso lituratus, orangespine unicornfish
Ff. 194. Watercolour painting by George Forster made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Thespesia populnea, portia tree

Thespesia populnea, portia tree
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Piper methysticum, kava

Piper methysticum, kava
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Piper inebrians

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Illustration of Captain Cooks ship HMS Resolution in icy waters of Antarctic Circle

Illustration of Captain Cooks ship HMS Resolution in icy waters of Antarctic Circle
antarctic circle, captain cook, cold, day, exploration, hms resolutio, Her Majestys Ships (HMS), 98954747

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Illustration of Captain Cook arriving in Hawaiian islanders with canoes greeting Captain Cook

Illustration of Captain Cook arriving in Hawaiian islanders with canoes greeting Captain Cook

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Hibiscus flower in the Galaxy Garden, Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary, Kona Coast

Hibiscus flower in the Galaxy Garden, Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary, Kona Coast, The Big Island, Hawaii USA

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Muntiacus muntjak, Indian muntjac

Muntiacus muntjak, Indian muntjac
Zoological drawing 6 (1:6) Cervus plicatus. Pencil outline, lateral and front views, of head of Indian muntjac, made by Sydney Parkinson (1745-1771) during Captain Cooks first voyage of discovery

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Spheniscus magellanicus, Magellanic penguin

Spheniscus magellanicus, Magellanic penguin
Ff. 83. Watercolour painting by George Forster made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Corynocarpus laevigatus, karaka tree

Corynocarpus laevigatus, karaka tree
Finished watercolour by John Frederick Miller from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Marsdenia mollissima

Marsdenia mollissima
Finished watercolour by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771. Illustration annotated Cynanchum crassifolium

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Captain Cook circumnavigating New Zealand, 1769 (colour litho)

Captain Cook circumnavigating New Zealand, 1769 (colour litho)
980886 Captain Cook circumnavigating New Zealand, 1769 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Captain Cook circumnavigating New Zealand, 1769)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Moho nobilis, Hawaii o-o

Moho nobilis, Hawaii o-o
Moho nobilis. Ff. 26, watercolour by William Ellis from a collection of sketches of Mammals, Birds and Fish made on Captian James Cooks third voyage (1776-1780)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Thalassarche chlororhynchos, yellow-nosed albatross

Thalassarche chlororhynchos, yellow-nosed albatross

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Anas undulata, yellow-billed duck

Anas undulata, yellow-billed duck
Ff. 72. Watercolour painting by George Forster annotated Anas xanthorynchus and made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Anas erythrorhyncha, red-billed duck

Anas erythrorhyncha, red-billed duck
Ff. 73. Watercolour painting by George Forster annotated Anas pyrrhoryncha and made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Correa alba, white correa

Correa alba, white correa
Finished watercolour by James Miller from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Tribulus cistoides, Jamaican feverplant

Tribulus cistoides, Jamaican feverplant
Finished watercolour by unknown artist from an original outline drawing by Sydney Parkinson made during Captain James Cooks first voyage across the Pacific, 1768-1771

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Pygoscelis antarcticus, chinstrap penguin

Pygoscelis antarcticus, chinstrap penguin
Ff. 82. Watercolour painting by George Forster annotated Aptenodytes antartica and made during Captain James Cooks second voyage to explore the southern continent (1772-75)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Replica of Captain Cooks Endeavour, National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

Replica of Captain Cooks Endeavour, National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Pacific

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Poedua [Poetua], daughter of Oreo, chief of Ulaietea, one of the Society Isles, 1785

Poedua [Poetua], daughter of Oreo, chief of Ulaietea, one of the Society Isles, 1785. Creator: John Webber
Poedua [Poetua], daughter of Oreo, chief of Ulaietea, one of the Society Isles, 1785. A portrait of a Pacific princess conceals an early clash of cultures

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Hawaiian natives rowing a twin prowed canoe

Hawaiian natives rowing a twin prowed canoe
3480326 Hawaiian natives rowing a twin prowed canoe; (add.info.: Hawaiian natives rowing a twin prowed canoe; By John Webber (1751 - 1793)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Captain Cook and crew land at Botany Bay, Australia

Captain Cook and crew land at Botany Bay, Australia
6266201 Captain Cook and crew land at Botany Bay, Australia; (add.info.: Captain Cook and his crew land at Botany Bay, Australia)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Natives of Terra del Fuego

Natives of Terra del Fuego
3478879 Natives of Terra del Fuego; (add.info.: Natives of Tierra del Fuego, showing their clothing and shelter. From Captain Cook's Original Voyages Round the World')

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Sandwich Island woman in ceremonial attire

Sandwich Island woman in ceremonial attire
3480332 Sandwich Island woman in ceremonial attire; (add.info.: Sandwich Island woman in ceremonial attire; By John Webber (1751 - 1793)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Natives of Easter Island or Rapa Nui. Man and woman in hats with long pierced ear lobes

Natives of Easter Island or Rapa Nui. Man and woman in hats with long pierced ear lobes
FLO4624507 Natives of Easter Island or Rapa Nui. Man and woman in hats with long pierced ear lobes. Couple rowing an outrigger canoe or vaka

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Hawaiian native dancers in ceremonial feathered attire

Hawaiian native dancers in ceremonial feathered attire
3480330 Hawaiian native dancers in ceremonial feathered attire; (add.info.: Hawaiian native dancers in ceremonial feathered attire; By John Webber (1751 - 1793)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Hawaiian native chief in ceremonial attire

Hawaiian native chief in ceremonial attire
3480329 Hawaiian native chief in ceremonial attire; (add.info.: Hawaiian native chief in ceremonial attire; By John Webber (1751 - 1793)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Hawaiian native in ceremonial masks

Hawaiian native in ceremonial masks
3480331 Hawaiian native in ceremonial masks; (add.info.: Hawaiian native in ceremonial masks; By John Webber (1751 - 1793)

Background imageCaptain Cook Collection: Hawaiian native in ceremonial feathered attire

Hawaiian native in ceremonial feathered attire
3480327 Hawaiian native in ceremonial feathered attire; (add.info.: Hawaiian native in ceremonial feathered attire; By John Webber (1751 - 1793)



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"Captain Cook: A Legacy of Exploration and Tragedy" In 1775, Captain James Cook embarked on a daring voyage that would forever shape the course of history. As an esteemed explorer, he set sail to chart uncharted territories and unravel the mysteries of the world. However, fate had a different plan for Captain Cook. In 1779, tragedy struck when he was killed by Hawaiian natives during his third Pacific expedition. His untimely demise marked the end of an era filled with remarkable discoveries and unparalleled courage. One such discovery was Banksia integrifolia, also known as coastal banksia. This unique plant caught Captain Cook's attention during his exploration in Australia, showcasing nature's beauty in its intricate blooms. Another fascinating encounter occurred when Captain Cook's ship moored on the quay in Great Yarmouth harbor. The sight must have been awe-inspiring as it stood tall against the backdrop of bustling maritime activity. During his travels through Tahiti, Captain Cook encountered Gardenia taitensis or Tahitian gardenia—a fragrant flower that captivated him with its exquisite scent and delicate petals. The prickly acacia tree (Acacia nilotica) and narrow-leaved ironbark tree (Eucalyptus crebra) were among many botanical wonders discovered by Captain Cook throughout his expeditions—testaments to Earth's diverse flora. As Christmas approached one year, Metrosideros excelsa adorned landscapes like a magnificent Christmas tree—an enchanting sight witnessed by Captain Cook during his voyages across distant lands. Sunset cast golden hues through silhouetted palm trees along Kona Coast—the Big Island of Hawaii—painting a breathtaking panorama that surely left an indelible mark on Captain Cook's memory. Notably, it was in New South Wales where Captain James Cook claimed this land for the British Crown in 1770—a pivotal moment shaping Australia's future. His expeditions were not limited to flora and land.