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Re-enactment of the Captain Cook landing in 1770

Sunday 17 June, 11am-12pm
Bicentennial Park, Charlotte Street, Cooktown


The Cooktown Re-enactment Association have been re-enacting the story of Captain’s Cook experience in Cooktown for nearly 60 years and in this time, this community performance has become a landmark event on the regional calendar. In 2018, the Re-enactment coincides with the exact date 248 years ago, that Captain Cook landed on the banks of the Endeavour River, 17 June 1770.

Join us for a fully costumed re-enactment of the landing of Captain James Cook and his first meeting with the Guugu Yimithirr people and the firing of the Cannon to signify the end of the 2018 Discovery Festival.

You will witness the arrival of Cook and his crew and hear the stories of his interaction with the Guugu Yimithirr people, including the first ever act of reconciliation between the English and the Aboriginal inhabitants.

You will also witness the stories of the scientific discoveries of Banks and Solander, and their botanic and artistic legacies with the first recorded sightings of the kangaroo and flying fox.

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