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Thursday, 30 April 2020

The multitude of Aboriginal oral memories about Captain James Cook.

Purai Global Indigenous History Centre
Purai Global Indigenous History Centre

The Australian nation will be torn between celebration and mourning as the country marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s landing at Kamay or Botany Bay on the shores of the Gweagal Clan of the Dharawal Nation.

How was Cook perceived at the time and how do First Nations peoples continue to respond?

Director/Chair of Aboriginal History - The Wollotuka Institute, Professor John Maynard maintains that an honest reckoning with Cook’s legacy is instrumental in charting a way forward to reconciliation.

Listen to Professor Maynard’s interview with The Conversation.

Watch Professor Maynard on The Drum with Ellen Fanning.

Watch Professor Maynard on NITV The Point: Cooked for 250 Years.

Read Professor Maynard's opinion piece in the Newcastle Herald.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains names of deceased people.

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