Ex­hi­bi­tion

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

Cook and the Pa­cific In Aus­tralia, we some­times lazily think of Cook as dis­cov­er­ing Aus­tralia when in fact Dutch voy­agers had mapped much of the coast­line more than a cen­tury ear­lier, but at the same time we un­der­es­ti­mate him, the way peo­ple tend to un­der­es­ti­mate any kind of great­ness that is too fa­mil­iar. There is one dis­play in this ex­hi­bi­tion, which marks the 250th an­niver­sary of Cook’s first voy­age to ob­serve the tran­sit of Venus in 1769, that gives some idea of the mag­ni­tude of his achieve­ment: it is a globe, re­pro­duc­ing an Ital­ian one of the time, on which we can watch the re­trac­ing of his three voy­ages in suc­ces­sion: a sim­ple, al­most child­ish di­dac­tic tool, yet one that forces us to con­tem­plate some­thing of the ex­tra­or­di­nary

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