Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian National Maritime Museum acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the Traditional Custodians of the bamal (earth) and badu (waters) on which we work.

We also acknowledge all traditional custodians of the land and waters throughout Australia and pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders past, present and emerging.

2020 marks 250 years since Captain James Cook and the HMB Endeavour charted the East Coast of Australia. Encounters 2020 is a program designed to recognise both the achievements of Cook’s 1770 scientific voyage, its lasting impact on Australia’s First Peoples, and the nation as a whole.

For the First Peoples of Australia, custodians of the continent for over 60,000 years, Cook’s voyage was the most consequential encounter by early Western explorers as it heralded the beginning of a fundamental change to their way of life.

This anniversary offers a unique opportunity for all Australians to reflect on, discuss and re-evaluate the lasting impact this pivotal event has had on us all and, in particular, the repercussions on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Encounters 2020 will utilise this historic event to examine both its significance in Australian history and its enduring legacy - from the dual perspectives of from the ship and from the shore and will encourage community engagement, discussion and debate about our past and our future.

The Program

The aim of Encounters 2020 is to engage all Australians and foster a respectful discussion about our past. The program includes exhibitions and talks at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, new educational resources, film and digital projects, a national travelling exhibition and the sailing of HMB Endeavour around Australia.

Endeavour AU Voyages now available

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Join Us

The Encounters 2020 program offers a range of ways for you to be involved.

Below are a range of current opportunities:

  • Sail on the Endeavour as voyage crew,
  • Join our team as a volunteer when we visit your town,
  • Receive further information on our Education program,
  • Receive further information on booking your school for a tour of Endeavour and the exhibition

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Contact Us

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