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Peter FitzSimons on James Cook: The Man Who Mapped the World. Introduced by...

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Australian National Maritime Museum

2 Murray Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

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Please note this is a 6pm arrival time for 6.30pm start and there will be limited seating at this event.

Sir Michael Parkinson will introduce Peter FitzSimons ahead of this fascinating talk, and there will be a cash bar operating.

Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history – an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated.

But who was the real James Cook?

With his masterful storytelling talent, Peter FitzSimons brings James Cook to life. Focusing on his most iconic expedition, the voyage of the Endeavour, where Cook first set foot on Australian and New Zealand soil, FitzSimons contrasts Cook against another figure who looms large in Australasian history: Joseph Banks, the aristocratic botanist. As they left England, Banks, a rich, famous playboy, was everything that Cook was not. The voyage tested Cook's character and would help define his legacy.

Now, 240 years after James Cook's death, FitzSimons reveals what kind of man James was at heart. His strengths, his weaknesses, his passions and pursuits, failures and successes.


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