First contact in Kamay

Explore first contact between the Gweagal people and Captain Cook through Aboriginal histories and European perspectives in these resources.

Handwritten pages from a journal
Image: Pages from James Cook's journal, from the NSW State Library Collection.

In 1770, the English vessel HMB Endeavour spent eight days in Kamay Botany Bay - the first encounter between Europeans and the inhabitants of the east coast of this continent.

Endeavour: Eight days in Kamay explores both the Aboriginal and European perspectives of this meeting. It includes VR experiences and learning resources for students K-11.

The State Library of NSW has more material on the Eight days in Kamay, including the protests and celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the landing.

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