The brief return of this journal marks the first time it has been in the country since it was written by Cook. Complete with scribblings and crossing outs, the handwritten account describes Cook's first circumnavigation of New Zealand during 1969-1770 and the infamous encounter with Māori at Poverty Bay.
Captain James Cook was the first European to explore and map the coastline of New Zealand extensively. On each of his three voyages to the Pacific he was accompanied by artists and scientists. Accounts of each voyage were published both by Cook and others on the expeditions.
|Ref: 4-1347, Captain Cook, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
Selected manuscripts relating to Cook are held in Sir George Grey Special Collections:
- Cook, James. Correspondence 1765. From the Victualling & Navy offices to Lieut. Cook. Three letters regarding the victualling of the schooner Grenville. One letter transcribed in the hand of James Cook. (GMSS 47)
- Cook, James. Letter to the Commissioners of the Victualling concerning the purchase of provisions for the Endeavour, 30 November 1768 (GMSS 184)
- Banks, Joseph, Sir. Journal kept during the first voyage of Captain Cook in H M S Endeavour from Poverty Bay to Batavia, 9th October, 1769, to 10th October 1770 (GMSS 51)
- Banks, Joseph, Sir. Journal kept during the first voyage of Captain Cook in H M S Endeavour from Poverty Bay to Batavia, 26 December, 1770 to 9 July 1771 (GMSS 52)
- Banks, Joseph, Sir. Journal describing the Society Islands. 1769 (GMSS 49)
- Banks, Joseph, Sir. Otahite. 1769 (GMSS 50).
|Ref: AWNS-19050831-9-3, cartoon showing Captain Cook's first arrival in NZ, Sir George Grey Special Collections|