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Cook: It Was Only Eight Days

Excursion Summary

1 hour

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Step back in time as we recreate Captain Cook’s voyage on the Endeavour. We’ll stop off in Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus and visit New Zealand before we arrive in Kamay (Botany Bay), where he spent just 8 short days. Students will investigate this significant event from both a European and Indigenous perspective.

In this 1-hour program your students will:

  • participate in an interactive adventure
  • view original collection items
  • visit the exhibition Eight Days in Kamay
  • explore different kinds of knowledge and the notion of perspectives.

Curriculum outcomes


  • HT2-3 describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
  • HT2-4 describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
  • HT2-5 applies skills of historical inquiry and communication

Key enquiry question:

What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

Booking Details


$5 per student


Monday - Friday during term time


1 hour

Minimum Supervision Ratio

Kindergarten – Year 2 - 1 adult per 5 students
Year 3 – Year 6 - 1 adult per 10 students
Secondary students - 1 adult per 20 students

Bookings are essential, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Email or phone 9273 1778.

Helpful hints to enjoy your excursion

These guidelines have been developed to assist students and teachers visiting the State Library of NSW to comply with the Department of Education risk assessment guidelines for excursions.

Bus Subsidy

The State Library of NSW offers to provide K-12 school students from DET schools in the Greater Sydney region, access to FREE bus travel to visit the State Library of NSW to participate in our onsite learning programs.