Take a journey through this exhibition by the National Museum of Australia, where you will hear stories from the sea and the shore.
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See a range of artworks by twenty leading Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian contemporary artists who investigate the long and varied histories of South Pacific voyaging – from Kupe to the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1769.
Drawn from the National Library of Australia’s major 2018–19 international exhibition comes this travelling multimedia display, hosted by the Australian National Maritime Museum. Visitors follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages and explore this spectacular region through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met.
Visit the new gallery that explores the story of navigation and voyaging around Australia. From the observation of the transit of Venus, to the importance of the night sky in Torres Strait Islander navigation and voyaging – planets and stars unite the long history of all navigators around Australia.
Captain James Cook mapped the east coast of Australia aboard the Endeavour in 1770. 2020 marks 250 years since that historic voyage. Through a series of curated banners we examine this event and its legacy, incorporating perspectives both of those aboard the Endeavour and the Indigenous inhabitants watching it from the shore.
Image: The Bark, Earl of Pembroke, later Endeavour, leaving Whitby Harbour in 1768 ca. 1790, Thomas Luny, National Library of Australia, nla.obj-134301494.
Captain James Cook’s three historic voyages across the Pacific Ocean 1768-1780 are breaking news – especially in Australia this year. New information, interpretations and images about his voyages make them not simply past events but also currently occurring and developing stories. This exhibition showcases original engravings from the Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection’s extensive holdings of Cook literature as well as contemporary artworks that present alternative and Indigenous views of Cook’s voyages.
Art and science collide in our celebration of Sir Joseph Banks’ Florilegium, an extraordinary documentation of the plant life of the east coast of Australia, undertaken on the Endeavour’s Voyage of Discovery.
The exhibition coincides with the 250th anniversary year of the Endeavour expedition to Australia, the International Year of Plant Health and National Science Week.
To comply with COVIDSafe measures, bookings are essential for visits to Parliament House.
The exhibition will run from 18 August until 8 November 2020 and forms part of the free guided tour of Parliament House. Alternatively, you may wish to see the exhibition as part of the paid-for art and furniture collections guided tour.
This exhibition of botanical art focuses on plant species collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander during their voyage to Australia 250 years ago as well as the many other species of banksias. Legacy of Banks and Solander is on display in the Visitors Centre at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra.