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A view of the Endeavour River on the coast of New Holland, by Ignaz Sebastian Klauber, 1795

In 1770, Lieutenant James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour were exploring Australia’s east coast. While they were travelling north through the Great Barrier Reef, the ship became stuck on coral. After freeing the ship from the coral, the crew sailed in to Waalumbaal Birri (Endeavour River). They stayed there for two months repairing the ship.

This engraving of the damaged Endeavour is based on a drawing by artist Sydney Parkinson, who was on board the ship.


National Library of Australia, obj-135961675

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