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Banks Collection - Australia

 
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"On Cook's first voyage quite some time was spent at Botany Bay and the eastern part of Australia between 19 April 1770 when Australia was sighted, and August 1770 shortly after Cook took possession of the eastern coast of Australia in the name of the King. There appears to have been little trading of artificial curiosities. On one occasion - 50 lances and fish spears were taken from their houses - the English leaving things in return. There were some descriptions of ornaments, household objects and weapons but apparently few were collected. Only a very small number of Australian objects can be traced to Cook's voyages. Cook's third voyage visited Tasmania but no artefacts can be traced to this encounter" (Kaeppler 1978, p250)

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