Cook and Banks: Charting the rumoured great Southern Land

This lithographed is based on the drawings by Louisa Mundy, the wife of Colonel Godfrey Mundy. It was published in Colonel Mundy's 'Our Antipodes' in 1852. This work depicts Government House, Sydney, sitting high on a hill overlooking Farm Cove and Sydney Harbour. Image: ANMM Collection 00000889.

This lithographed is based on the drawings by Louisa Mundy, the wife of Colonel Godfrey Mundy. It was published in Colonel Mundy’s ‘Our Antipodes’ in 1852. This work depicts Government House, Sydney, sitting high on a hill overlooking Farm Cove and Sydney Harbour. Image: ANMM Collection 00000889.

To celebrate the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney 200th anniversary, the Australian National Maritime Museum and Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney will offering a joint video conference for year 3 and 4 students History and Science.

Cook and Banks: Charting the rumoured great Southern Land is a free video conference which will outline Cook and Banks voyage on the HMB Endeavour.  It will be presented by Kieran Hosty from the ANMM and Louisa Murray from Royal Botantical Gardens Sydney.

Endeavour minus main top gallant. Image: Paula Tinney

Endeavour minus main top gallant. Image: Paula Tinney

The video conference will investigate the story behind Cook and Banks’ voyage to the rumoured great Southern Land and include topics such as:

  • The reason behind the momentous voyage.
  • The voyage and conditions on board the  HMB Endeavour.
  • Cook’s role as a cartographer and navigator.
  • Banks’ scientific contribution to the voyage and how his legacy began the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Herbarium collection.
  • Learn how scientists classify plants and try your hand at botanic illustration.
  • The enduring outcome of the voyage and how it changed Australian history.

We will be offering six sessions of the Cook and Banks virtual excursion. Three sessions will be offered on Dart connections (May 18th at 9.30am 11.30am and 2.00pm) and another three on Electroboard (May 19th  9.30am,11.30am and 2.00pm).

— Anne Doran, Education Officer 

One thought on “Cook and Banks: Charting the rumoured great Southern Land

  1. That lithograph is fascinating. I’ve never had the impression that the hill was so high, though I suppose building up the land around it would have the effect of seeming to lower it. The changes that occurred to that area in such a comparatively short time are remarkable!

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