This year marks the commencement of the 250th Anniversary of a surveyor cartographer and navigator whose achievements have never been surpassed. James Cook completed his surveys of eastern North America (1758-67) and explored the Pacific Ocean during three voyages of discovery (1768-79), the first voyage commencing 250 years ago this year.
Commemorations have already commenced in England and will extend to Australia and New Zealand over the next few years with a series of rolling events.
One of the accidental consequences of Cook's 250th Anniversary is it has thrown a spotlight on others from the golden era of Australian exploration, thus connected to Cook and who have largely slipped below the radar in day to day discussion until now. Their contribution is being refreshed in a range of conversations being as diverse as the building of $102 billion English rail project and the case of a missing body, to constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians.
Four years ago a