Senate debates

Thursday, 14 February 2019


Cook, Captain James

12:03 pm

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises the remarkable life and achievements of Captain James Cook FRS, who:

  (i) was commissioned in 1768 as Commander of the Endeavour for the first of three globe spanning Pacific voyages,

  (ii) of particular note, and on his first voyage, observed the 1769 transit of Venus across the Sun, sailed to and mapped the coastline of New Zealand, and on 19 April 1770 reached the south eastern coast of what was to be later known as Australia – the first recorded encounter of a European on the eastern Australian coastline,

  (iii) proceeded to map the eastern coastline of Australia, which was vital for the expeditions that followed, and

  (iv) was renowned for his superior seamanship, his navigation and cartography skills, his modesty, and for the loyalty he elicited from his crew;

(b) notes that on his third voyage, Captain Cook was killed at Kealakekua Bay, in the Hawaiian Islands, on 14 February 1779;

(c) further notes that, in an era of great explorers and navigators, Captain Cook was first amongst equals; and

(d) commemorates on this day, the 240th anniversary of Captain James Cook's death, the life of Captain Cook, the significant legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge that he left following his passing, and the significant role he played laying the groundwork for the establishment of our great nation.


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