Day 27 – Captain Cook
Our first ever Dad Day, was learning about Captain Cook’s voyage in the Endeavour to the Great South Land.
We talked about the route that he took to find Australia and the first names of Australia: New Holland, Terra Australis and Austrialia del Espiritu Santo (The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit).
The Endeavour was a big war ship for it’s time. It was 32m long and 8m wide. Now war ships can be up to 200m long!!! The Endeavour held 96 people, live animals, and enough food and clothing for all types of weather to last 18 months.
One of the men on board was Joseph Banks who was a botanist and many Australian plants have been named after him. He drew and collected plants from this new land.
Captain Cook sailed for three years and found Australia and Hawaii. He also mapped out the shape of New Zealand.
After learning about Captain Cook, we went to Kurnell and checked out the spot where he landed. We had a look at the museum about Captain Cook and his crew. We also went on a bushwalk and had a look at Sutherland point where the first European died – Forby Sutherland. It was a great day and we had heaps of fun.