Introduction

Who was onboard Her Majesty's Bark Endeavour? What were their motivations for joining what was known to be a dangerous and possibly fatal expedition? How were the captain and crew viewed in 18C England and how do we remember them today? This module explores the people, their motivations and the contributions they made to 18C science and exploration and questions their legacy on the people and places they encountered.

This learning module will: 
• provide background information for a school visit to HMB Endeavour 
• support teachers in developing lesson sequences about the people onboard the 1768–1771 first voyage of HMB Endeavour and how they shaped our world
• provide opportunities for students to engage with images of primary sources for developing questions for inquiry
• examine the actions and views of individuals onboard HMB Endeavour 
• develop knowledge about the individuals onboard the ship for meaningful engagement in the HMB Endeavour site visit
• build awareness and appreciation of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Main image: Cook and Banks, © Peter Hudson, 2012. ANMM Collection 00054556

 

Official portrait of Captain James Cook, 1776. National Maritime Museum, United Kingdom
James Cook
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, 1970, by Joyce Aris, Sir Joshua Reynolds. Te Papa 1000-0000-59.
The Scientists: Charles Green, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander
A View of Endeavour River, in New South Wales by Sydney Parkinson c 1790. ANMM Collection 00008751
The Artists: Sydney Parkinson and Alexander Buchan
Maori trading a crayfish with Joseph Banks, by Tupaia, 1769.
Tupaia
Cook's Journal displayed on Cook's personal writing desk, James Cook (1728–1779), Journal of H.M.S. Endeavour 1768-1771, nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3525402
The Crew