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Biographical entry Cook, James (1728 - 1779)

Born
27 October 1728
Morton, Yorkshire, England
Died
14 February 1779
Kealakekua (Karakakooa) Bay, Sandwich Islands
Occupation
Navigator and Explorer

Summary

James Cook commanded HMS "Endeavour" on its expedition to observe the transit of Venus at Tahiti in June 1769, and by his discovery of eastern Australia in 1770 opened this continent to the immediate contact and influence of science.

Archival resources

John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland

  • James Cook - Records, 1771, OM74-79; John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland. Details
  • James Cook - Records, 1772 - 1773, OM75-42; John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • James Cook - Records, 1768 - 1830, A1113; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • James Cook - Records, 1776 - 1779, MS 92, MS Q140-44, MS F1, Sp166 and Sp168; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • James Cook - Records, 1768 - 1779, 910.4 COO; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Royal Historical Society of Queensland

  • James Cook - Records, 1772 - 1773; Royal Historical Society of Queensland. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • James Cook - Records, 1768 - 1837, MS 8108 and others; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Aughton, Peter, Resolution: the Story of Captain Cook's Second Voyage of Discovery, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2004, 189 pp. Details
  • Beasley, A. W., Fellowship of Three: the Lives and Association of John Hunter (1728-1793), The Surgeon; James Cook (1728-1820), The Navigator; and Joseph Banks (1743-1820), The Naturalist, Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, 1993. Details
  • Blainey, Geoffrey, Sea of Dangers; Captain Cook and His Rivals, Viking, Camberwell, Vic., 2008, 420 pp. Details
  • Britten, J., Illustrations of Australian Plants Collected in 1770 During Captain Cook's Voyage, London, 1905. Details
  • Currey, John, A Voyage to the Great South Sea: Completed: How England Learned of Cook's Return in 1771, Banks Society, Malvern, 2006, 69 pp. Details
  • Dugard, Martin, Farther than Any Man: the Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook, Allen & Unwin/Pocket Books, Sydney/New York, 2001, 301 pp. Details
  • Eisler, William, The Furthest Shore: Images of Terra Australis from the Middle Ages to Captain Cook, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1995, 192 pp. Details
  • Finnis, Bill, Captain James Cook, Seaman and Scientist, Chaucer Press, London, 2003, 252 pp. Details
  • Gascoigne, John, Captain Cook: Voyager Between Worlds, Continuum, Hambledon, London, 2007, 288 pp. Details
  • Hough, Richard, Captain James Cook a Biography, W. W. Norton, New York, 1995, 416 pp. Details
  • Joppien, Rudiger and Smith, Bernard, The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages: Volume 1 - the Voyage of the 'Edeavour' 1768-1771, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1985, 262 pp. Details
  • Joppien, Rudiger and Smith, Bernard, The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages, Volume 2 - the Voyage of the 'Resolution' and 'Adventure' 1772-1775, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1985, 287 pp. Details
  • National Library of Australia, Cook's Endeavour Journal: the Inside Story, Canberra, 2008, 160 pp. Details
  • O'Sullivan, Daniel, In Search of Captain Cook: Exploring his Remarkable Life and Voyages, I. B. Tauris, London: New York, 2008, 272 pp. Details
  • Parkin, Ray, H.M. Bark Endeavour : her Place in Australian History : with an Account of her Construction, Crew and Equipment and a Narrative of her Voyage on the East Coast of New Holland in the Year 1770, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2006, 467 pp. Details
  • Richardson, Brian, Longitude and Empire: How Captain Cook's Voyages Changed the World, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, 2005, 256 pp. Details
  • Williams, Glyn, Naturalists at Sea: Scientific Travellers from Dampier to Darwin, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut/London, 2013, 309 pp. Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest Australia, 2010, 344 pp. Details

Book Sections

CD ROMs

  • Endeavour: Captain James Cook's Journal 1768-71, National Library of Australia and the Australian National Maritime Museum Darling Harbour, Canberra, 1998. Details

Edited Books

  • Thomas, Nicholas and Berghof, Oliver, assisted by Newell, Jennifer. (eds), a Voyage Round the World, by George FORSTER, edited by Nicholas Thomas and Oliver Berghof; assisted by Jennifer Newell, vol. 1 & 2 of 2, University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu, 2000, Vol 1., 523 pp., Vol. 2, 398 pp. Details
  • Williams, Glyndwr (ed.), Captain Cook: Explorations and Reassessments, The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2004, 266 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Special Issue: Cook and Australian Fisheries', Australian Fisheries, vol. 29, no. 4, 1970, pp. 1-37. Details
  • Ashley, Scott, 'How Navigators Think: the Death of Captain Cook Revisited', Past and Present, vol. 194, 2007, pp. 107-137. Details
  • Beaglehole, J. C., 'Death of Captain Cook [presidential address, ANZAAS Congress '64]', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 26, no. 10, 1964, pp. 297-304. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'Captain Cook's Australian Landmarks', Australian Natural History, vol. 16, no. 8, 1970, pp. 241-288. Details
  • Disney, H. J. de S., 'Eastern Australian Birds Recorded on the 'Endeavour's" Voyage', Australian Natural History, vol. 16, no. 8, 1970, pp. 241-288. Details
  • Francis, J., 'James Cook and Robert Bakewell: Exploration and animal breeding in the eighteenth century', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, vol. 82, 1971, pp. v-xxvi. Details
  • Heighway, W., 'Cook's Compass: a note on its acquisition by the Mitchell Library', Navigation, vol. 2, no. 2, 1964, pp. 167-173. Details
  • Herdendorf, Charles E., 'Captain James Cook and the Transits of Mercury and Venus', Journal of Pacific History, vol. 21, no. 1-2, 1986, pp. 39-55. Details
  • Hilder, B., 'Navigation in the 1770's...the Navigation of Captain Cook', Navigation, vol. 3, no. 2, 1969, pp. 166-178. Details
  • Hoare, M. E., ''Cook the Discoverer': an Essay by Georg Forster, 1787', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 1, no. 4, 1969, pp. 7-16. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9690140007.htm. Details
  • Iredale, T. and Tronghton, E., 'The Actual Identity of Captain Cook's Kangaroo', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 87, 1962, pp. 177-184. Details
  • Keir, Bill, 'Captain Cook's Longitude Determinations and the Transit of Mercury: Common Assumptions Questioned', Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, vol. 40, no. 2, 2010, pp. 27-38. Details
  • Lysaght, A., 'Captain Cook's Kangaroo', New Scientist, vol. 1, 1957. Details
  • McCalman, Iain, 'Turtle War: Captain Cook's Environmental Crisis on the Great Barrier Reef', The Great Circle: Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History, vol. 34, no. 2, 2012, pp. 7-18. Details
  • Megaw, J. V. S., 'Captain Cook and the Australian Aborigine', Australian Natural History, vol. 16, no. 8, 1970, pp. 241-288. Details
  • Musgrave, Anthony, 'Insects of Captain Cook's Expedition', The Australian Museum Magazine, vol. 11, 1954, pp. 232-237; 265-239; 303-236; 322-234. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'Cook, Banks and the Gregorian Telescope in The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, Tongarewa', Journal of the Antique Telescope Society, vol. 18, no. 1999, 1999, pp. 4-9. Details
  • Pearson, C., 'Cook's Cannon Survives 200 Years Under the Sea', Proceedings and News of the Australian Oil and Colour Chemists' Association, vol. 7, no. 8, 1970, pp. 19, 21-12. Details
  • Percy, Carol E., 'To Study Nature Rather than Books: Capain James Cook as Naturalist, Observer and Literary Author', Pacific Studies, vol. 19, no. 3, 1996, pp. 1-30. Details
  • Terry, Martin, 'Remembering Cook', National Library of Australia News, vol. XVI, no. 6, 2006, pp. 3-6. Also available at http://www.nla.gov.au/pub/nlanews/2006/mar06/article1.html. Details
  • White, Sir Frederick, 'James Cook and the Measurement of Longitude', Navigation, vol. 3, no. 2, 1969, pp. 179-183. Details
  • Whitehead, P. J., 'Captain Cook's Role in Natural History', Australian Natural History, vol. 16, no. 8, 1970, pp. 241-288. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., ''Endeavour's' Naturalists in Australia', Australian Natural History, vol. 16, no. 8, 1970, pp. 241-288. Details

Seminar Papers

  • Brock, John F., 'Cook-Bligh-Flinders-King: the quadrilogy of master mariners', in given in The Discovery Room, Australian Museum, Tuesday 6pm, Australian Science History Club, Sydney, 13 September 2005. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/index_c.html. Details
  • Smith, Bernard, 'The Functions of the Art on Cook's Voyages, Part 3: History Painting: Cook's Artists at Full Stretch', Pacific Islands Monthly, vol. 56, no. 12, 1985, pp. 42-43. Details
  • Smith, Bernard, 'The Functions of the Art on Cook's Voyages, Part 2: Grappling with the Art of the First Encounter', Pacific Islands Monthly, vol. 56, no. 11, 1985, pp. 42-44. Details
  • Smith, Bernard, 'The Functions of the Art on Cook's Voyages, Part 1: Navigation, Art and Espionage', Pacific Islands Monthly, vol. 56, no. 10, 1985, pp. 42-43. Details

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