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Footprints in the sand: Banks’ Maori collection, Cook’s first voyage 1768-1771

Paul Tapsell, Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand

Captain James Cook series, 28 July 2006

Historian Paul Tapsell discusses how artefacts in Joseph Banks’ collection from Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific can be viewed as ‘taonga’, or Maori treasured possessions.

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collection, cook, indigenous, museums, pacific

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Encounters with wondrous things: the historical significance of the Cook-Forster Collection

Professor Paul Turnbull, Griffith University

Captain James Cook series, 28 July 2006

The historical significance of the Cook-Forster ethnographic collection of the University of Göttingen in Germany is examined by historian Paul Turnbull.

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collection, cook, museums, pacific

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Brushed with fame: museological investments in the Cook voyage collections

Lissant Bolton, British Museum, United Kingdom

Captain James Cook series, 28 July 2006

Historian Lissant Bolton considers the nature of Captain James Cook’s fame in a museological context and discusses how difficult it is to present artefacts from the Pacific in an exhibition without reference to Cook’s three voyages.

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collection, cook, museums, pacific

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Looking across the beach both ways

Professor Greg Dening, Australian National University

Captain James Cook series, 28 July 2006

Historian Greg Dening examines the cultural achievements of the Sea of Islands or Pacific peoples with a particular focus on Tupaia, a priest of Oro, who joined Captain James Cook on the Endeavour.

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cook, exploration, indigenous, pacific

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Discovering Cook: Georg Forster and the image of Captain Cook

Nigel Erskine, Australian National Maritime Museum

Captain James Cook series, 28 July 2006

Curator Nigel Erskine discusses the official account of Captain James Cook’s third Pacific voyage, particularly the introductory essay by German naturalist and fellow voyager Georg Forster.

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cook, exploration, pacific

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To attempt some new discoveries in that vast unknown tract

Professor Adrienne Kaeppler, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, United States

Captain James Cook series, 28 July 2006

Anthropologist Adrienne Kaeppler outlines the research that has gone into reconstructing the ethnographic collections from Captain James Cook’s three Pacific voyages.

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collection, cook, exploration, pacific

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Weird and wonderful: the first objects of the National Historical Collection

Dr Libby Robin, Australian National University

Collections 2006 series, 21 March 2006

Libby Robin tells the story of the zoological specimens, collected by Sir Colin MacKenzie, that were among the first objects in the National Museum of Australia’s National Historical Collection.

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Springfield transformed: family collection into national treasure

Carol Cooper, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2006 series, 21 March 2006

The history of the Springfield collection, more than 2000 objects from a major rural property near Sydney, is outlined by registrar Carol Cooper. She explores the remarkable family who cared for it and the Museum’s work to make this collection available.

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agriculture, collection, conservation, domestic

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A sum of many parts: the history of the National Historical Collection

Guy Hansen, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2006 series, 21 March 2006

Curator Guy Hansen traces the history of the National Museum’s National Historical Collection. He argues that the collection is eclectic – that there is no single story but many stories, with various collectors bringing different perspectives.

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Collecting for the future: a collections development plan for the National Historical Collection

Mathew Trinca, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2006 series, 21 March 2006

Collections and Content General Manager Mathew Trinca outlines the National Museum of Australia’s Collections Development Plan, designed to support collecting efforts for five years.

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