A museum for Captain Cook memorabilia

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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


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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