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Who 'discovered' Australia?

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Task no. 1

Who 'discovered' Australia?

Examine the image below of Reverend Frederick Hugh Hordern beside the plaque and discuss the following questions:

  • Why was Cook called the 'discoverer of Australia'?
  • Do you consider this an accurate description?
Rev. Frederick Hugh Hordern beside the plaque: "Parish of Cooks River, named April 12, 1838, after Captain James Cook, RN, discoverer of Australia 1770. Unveiled on 7th of July, 1934, by Captain CJ Pope, RAN."
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