How did Cook’s Endeavour voyage change Australia forever?
Investigation 3: The sky
3.3 The sky and the seasons
In 1769 the Endeavour voyagers and Australia’s Aboriginal peoples were reading different meanings into the stars above them. Cook and his crew used the stars to guide them on their voyage to Australia and the Pacific. Aboriginal people also looked to the stars to guide them as they travelled across the land.
‘Seven stars represent Baidam the shark. He tells the tide, the current and all these sort of things. This is how our people know to navigate, because it’s passed down, generation to generation.
When he’s up on his tail, it’s rough. When he’s down, it’s calm...
He holds all of that knowledge — that significant, valuable information.’
Milton Savage, Kaurareg
1. Why is it useful to know the seasons and how much time has passed?
2. Name some things which happen at a specific time of year
3. What is your favourite time of year? Why?