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Captain Cook Was Here - Maria Nugent

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Over eight days and eight nights in late April of 1770, Captain Cook and the men of the Endeavour made their first extended landfall on the east coast of New Holland. The ensuing events and interactions between the voyagers and the indigenous inhabitants were marked by drama and intrigue, courage and fear.

But the story does not end with the Endeavour sailing away. The original encounter on land between the British mariners and the first Australians has been on of Australia's founding legends. Bringing together first-hand historical accounts, oral narratives, surviving objects and artefacts plus much of the artwork produced during Cook's time on shore, Maria Nugent takes a challenging new look at the impact of Cook's arrival on the land and on its people.

Captain Cook Was Here reconnects with the stories that all Australians - Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal - have told through their art, history and folklore.

About the Author

Maria Nugent is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Historical Research at the National Museum of Australia and in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University. She is the author of Botany Bay: Where Histories Meet, which won the New South Wales Premier's Community and Regional History Prize in 2006.

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3.0

Aimed at Adults and High School age

By Distance Education Mum

from Brisbane, AU

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Pros

  • Well Written

Cons

  • Not A Children's Book

Best Uses

  • Reference

Comments about Captain Cook Was Here:

I bought this to compliment my child's Australian history learning but it's not something a child would read. It's very much an adults reference book.

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2.0

Cook taken with a pinch of salt

By Uncleron

from Airlie Beach

About Me Everyday Reader

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    Cons

    • Biased
    • Limited Appeal
    • Not What I Expected

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers

    Comments about Captain Cook Was Here:

    A rather small volume that would be disregarded by serious students of Cook.

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    Prologuep. vii
    In the beginningp. 1
    The First Dayp. 3
    Always Beginningp. 23
    The First Day Continuedp. 39
    In betweenp. 49
    The Second Dayp. 51
    The Third Dayp. 62
    The Fourth Dayp. 69
    The Fifth Dayp. 82
    The Sixth Dayp. 85
    The Seventh Dayp. 92
    In the endp. 97
    The Eighth Dayp. 99
    Never Endingp. 105
    The Endeavour Sailsp. 137
    Sourcesp. 138
    List of Illustrationsp. 149
    Acknowledgementsp. 151
    Indexp. 153
    Table of Contents provided by Cambridge University Press. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780521762403
    ISBN-10: 0521762405
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 164
    Published: 5th May 2009
    Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.3  x 2.0
    Weight (kg): 0.476