Captain Cook was one of several early European navigators to explore Australia and as the first British arrival, he has been memorialised by many Australians as the founding father of our modern country. As the British colonised the continent, many of the original occupants were murdered, dispossessed of their land, and their communities decimated. In Aboriginal sagas among several northern and eastern communities, Cook personifies this process of colonisation. These accounts will be discussed and the film Too Many Captain Cooks featuring Paddy Fordham Wainburranga’s bark painting recounting Cook’s significance for the Rembarrnga of the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land. Bookings essential.
Presented by The David Roche Foundation House Museum