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A museum for Captain Cook memorabilia

Student activities

Task no. 1

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A museum for Captain Cook memorabilia

The State Library of NSW has a large collection of artefacts associated with Captain James Cook.

Working in pairs or groups:

  • use a dictionary to find out the meaning of 'memorabilia'.
  • examine the images of Cook memorabilia from the collection of the State Library of NSW.
  • choose five (5) artefacts from the collection that you would use to create a museum display about Captain Cook.
  • write a label for each artefact that explains:
    • what it is
    • how Captain Cook used it or how it related to Captain Cook
    • what it tells usabout Captain Cook
    • why it is important to preserve the artefact

 

Telescope said to have belonged to Captain James Cook, 1760-1779
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Dress sword belonging to Captain Cook, ca. 1750s
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Cabin tea caddy of Captain Cook, used on board the H.M.S. Resolution, 1760-1779
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Left section of waistcoat, ca. 1779
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Shoe buckles from the Cook family, 1791
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Shoe buckles from family of James Cook, for court wear,
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Captain James Cook mourning ring, owned by Elizabeth Cook, ca. 1780
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Glass drinking tumbler used on the HMS Resolution by Captain James Cook, 1772-1775
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Inclinometer, or gunner's quadrant used for levelling in shore work, 1768-1771
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Captain James Cook - watercolour on ivory miniature in circular frame, ca. 1780-1784
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Captain James Cook Born 1727 Murdered On St. Valentine’s Day At Owhyhee [Hawaii] 1779 [watercolour on ivory miniature, ca. 1780], ca. 1780
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Captain James Cook. N. Dance Pinxt. T. K. Sherwin Sculp.,
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[Death of Cook, ca. 1781-83?] / John Webber, ca. 1781-83?
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Death of Captain James Cook by the Indians of O, Why, Ee, one of the Sandwich Islands, 1 January 1784
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James Cook, A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770, 27 May 1768-23 Oct. 1770
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