Learn about making gararra (fishing spear)

Kamay spear-making workshop, Little Marley Beach, Royal National Park. From the National Museum of Australia. Transcript available here.

Watch Gweagal man Rod Mason and Dharawal Elder Shayne Williams make a spear at Botany Bay.

A walk-through on board HMB Endeavour

A guided walk-through on board HMB Endeavour at the Australian National Maritime Museum to help your students remember details from their excursion. Teachers can choose the information and activities that are appropriate to their students and area of study by visiting the Australian National Maritime Museum's website

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The Australian National Maritime Museum's Virtual Endeavour program offers every student in Australia the opportunity to explore the HMB Endeavour, without leaving the classroom.

A free, curriculum-led, virtual tour of the HMB Endeavour. Using 360 images and video, your virtual host will guide your students through the historical context of James Cook’s scientific voyage.

Focussing on STEM topic areas and using examples of scientific exploration from the time of Captain Cook, students will reach surprising conclusions about how science has changed and how we still use the knowledge achieved during Cook’s incredible journeys.

Take a self-guided virtual tour of the HMB Endeavour

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HMB Endeavour's voyage of exploration

With a focus on history and science, these short stories introduce the Traditional Owners of the land, up to the impacts caused by European colonisation.

Videos © Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2018.

Transcripts available here:!/digibook/2992083/hmb-endeavours-voy…

Children's activities

Children can explore the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the HMB Endeavour through paper craft activities.

Each project makes a different object that is part of the Endeavour story.

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Banksia Colour-in

Sir Joseph Banks was a botanist that sailed on the Endeavour. He led a group of scientists to collect and record hundreds of plant and animal specimens during the voyage, including several species of ‘banksia’, which was named after him.


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Daringyal (stingray) Join the dots

The crew on board the Endeavour caught and ate so many stingrays where they first stopped in Australia that Captain Cook thought the place should be called ‘Sting-ray Bay’. The Gweagal people who lived there called the area Kamay. They also used to eat stingrays, which they called daringyal. Sting-ray Bay was later renamed Botany Bay and is now part of the Kamay Botany Bay National Park.


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Gawura (whale) Origami

To the Gadigal people of the Eora nation the whale is one of many totems. The whale is also a totem for some other Aboriginal and Torres Strait nations across Australia. The Eora nation is located around the coastal areas of the Sydney region. Beached whales were a source of food, fat and bones for tools for the Eora, and the annual Spring migration is a time of celebration and new life.


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Gangurru (kangaroo) Colour-in

While at Gungardie (now Cooktown) Captain Cook and the scientists on the Endeavour recorded more than 130 words of the Guugu Yimithirr people’s language. One of the words recorded was gangurru, spelt as ‘kangaroo,’ which we still use today.


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Nawi (canoe) Origami

When the Endeavour arrived at the coast of Australia the crew saw Gadigal people of the Eora nation fishing in canoes they called nawi. Nawi are three to four metres long and made from tree bark folded and tied with cord. The Gadigal people used nawi for transport, fishing and collecting water birds’ eggs.


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Ngawiya (turtle) Origami

The Endeavour was damaged on its way north, and so Captain Cook beached it near Gungardie (now Cooktown) for repairs. While there the sailors caught some turtles to eat, but refused to share with the Guugu Yimithirr people in the area. The two groups argued, but later made up. This is the first recorded moment of ‘reconciliation’ between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians.


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Sailing ship Origami

Captain Cook sailed to Australia on His Majesty’s Bark Endeavour. The Endeavour was chosen for the large amount of cargo it could hold—enough to hold 18 months of food and other provisions for 94 people! As well as the sailors, the ship transported pigs, poultry, two greyhounds and a goat.


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Star Origami

Stars are culturally significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Stars are used to guide travellers on land and at sea, and to tell many stories of the night sky passed down through generations.