Return of Cultural Heritage initiative extended

Media release
Media release, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for Indigenous Australians The Morrison Government is investing almost $10 million to extend the Return of Cultural Heritage (RoCH) Initiative, led by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), to 2024.

First nations culture and kinship

Read about the ways of knowing and being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples—the connection between place and people—including lore, culture and kinship.

New sculptures at Botany Bay

Read about sculptures installed at Kamay Botany Bay to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s voyage to Australia on the HMB Endeavour.

This Place: View from the Shore

In collaboration with the National Museum of Australia's exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's first voyage to Australia, the ABC has launched the ‘This Place: View From the Shore’ series, which focuses on the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities along Australia's east coast.

Sydney Parkinson

Read about Sydney Parkinson the profile botanical illustrator and artist on board Captain Cook’s HMB Endeavour voyage to Australia and the Pacific.

Indigenous art


Indigenous Australian art is the world’s longest unbroken art tradition. It is used to record events, teach, communicate, and to express culture and identity. It also provides us with a record of the long and rich history of our nation, as well as the many interactions and experiences of Indigenous Australians over the years. By protecting and investing in Indigenous art we protect our cultural heritage.

John Satterley and The Endeavour's Carpenters


Just as the construction of a tall ship’s mast begins with a single tree, so too did Cook’s crew for the Endeavour voyage begin with just a single man. John Satterley. Master carpenter. Valued crew member. Highly-respected man.

Born in Chatham, Kent, Satterley was no stranger to the sea, having previously served on British ship the Prince Edward. On 22 April 1768, he was appointed ‘Carpenter’ of the Endeavour, making him the first member of the ship’s 94-strong crew.

Endeavour strikes the reef

Read about the Endeavour's collision with a coral reef while sailing off the coast of far north Queensland, and the extraordinary effort to save the ship and the crew.