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Captain Cook Was Here - Maria Nugent


Published: 5th May 2009
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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.


Aimed at Adults and High School age


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.

Brisbane, AU


Cook taken with a pinch of salt


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

Airlie Beach


Captain Cook Was Here

2.5 2


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
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.476