Hamish McDonald reports for Inside Story today, 29 April 2020, on the anniversary festival at Cook’s landing place that had to be abandoned because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the article at: https://insidestory.org.au/1770-and-all-that/

Replica of HMS Endeavour

This year, the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s voyage on HMS Endeavour, was to be a grandiose series of expensive events. Covid-19 has put a stop to much of the fanfare and Sydney events have been cancelled, however, other activities have taken place, not the least of which was a protest in Aotearoa (New Zealand) in October 2019 when Maori burnt union jacks in memory of nine of their people shot dead by Cook’s marines. More on this story by Charlotte Graham-McLay for The Guardian on
2 October 2019 at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/02/britain-expresses-regret-over-maori-killings-after-captain-cooks-arrival-in-new-zealand