250 years ago, Captain James Cook set sail from Plymouth on HMB Endeavour on a voyage that had world-changing consequences.  

Now, a major exhibition at the National Library of Australia will tell the story of Cook’s voyages in the Pacific and the stories of the rich cultures he encountered.

Cook and the Pacific will run from 22 September 2018 until 10 February 2019. 

The Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres says the exhibition will be world class.

“The exhibition will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn more about Cook’s voyages as well as the remarkable people of the Pacific, including Australia,” said Dr Ayres.

“We’re bringing together works of art, maps, and objects from around the world, including the three journals from Cook’s expeditions which will be on display together for the first time in history.” Dr Ayres continued.

“This exhibition will give you the chance to learn more about Cook’s incredible voyages as well the remarkably vivid description of the people of the Pacific and Australia.” 

“In developing this exhibition, the National Library of Australia has consulted Indigenous communities on the east coast of Australia and First Nations Peoples in the Pacific.” Dr Ayres concluded. 

Cook and the Pacific has been strongly supported by the Australian Government, as well as generous support from exhibition sponsors ActewAGL, The Pratt Foundation and the Kenyon Foundation, and in-kind support from Foxtel via The History Channel.

Contact details

Media Contact: Anna Gressier |    M: 0401 226 697 |    E: media@nla.gov.au