James Cook’s Killora 'Resolution' and 'Adventure' medal, Peter Lane

Vol 42 no 4, Nov 2020
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James Cook’s Killora 'Resolution' and 'Adventure' medal, Peter Lane


Lieutenant James Cook took various gifts on his voyages of discovery, to distribute to Indigenous people whom he might encounter. Peter Lane draws attention to the only example of one of Cook’s medals found in Australia, a memento of friendly contact between the European explorers and Indigenous Tasmanians in either 1773 or 1777.

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