Australian Encounters! Charting a Continent


Cook and his successors completed the chart of the continent's coastline and marvelled at the strange new creatures they saw - 'unlike anything encountered before!'

Australian Encounters

He and his crew navigated in unknown treacherous waters, where the ship was holed on a coral reef, and then had to be beached and repaired. The voyage however led to the choice of Botany Bay as the site of a new colony, starting a trail of immense change throughout Australasia.

This year marks the bicentenary of the publication of the entire coastline, completed by Matthew Flinders in 1814.

  1. Rock Wallaby © Natural History Museum, London
  2. Rainbow Lorrikeets © Natural History Museum, London
  3. Cook's Map of Australia 1773
Special exhibition 1 March - 3 November