Ocean Talks

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Go deep with a virtual talk on one of Australia's most controversial historical figures

Sydney's world-renowned Australian National Maritime Museum might have shut its doors for the present, but it's got a whole raft of talks and tours to take your mind out to sea.

For the first virtual edition of their hugely popular Ocean Talks series, the museum is bringing together two influential Australian names to discuss the history and mythology of James Cook, who has at once been celebrated for his pioneering voyages, and heavily criticised as a symbol of violence and dispossession for First Nations' peoples in Australia.

Prolific Indigenous academic and lead historian at the University of Newcastle, John Maynard will speak to his understanding of Cook, tapping into his expertise in military tactics and Indigenous history. He'll be joined in discussion by journalist and presenter Peter FitzSimons, who is also the author of James Cook: The story behind the man who mapped the world. They'll dive into the many, varied accounts of Cook as a man and leader, and unravel some of the mythology he left in his wake, leaving you to make up your mind about the enigmatic historical figure. The free talk will be livestreamed from 6.30pm-7.30pm on Thursday, April 2. Register here for your link. 


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