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!'
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.
- Rock Wallaby © Natural History Museum, London
- Rainbow Lorrikeets © Natural History Museum, London
- Cook's Map of Australia 1773