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Discover the First Fleet: Invitation

Join us on a virtual journey of discovery as we trace the exploration of the southern continent "Terra Australis." We'll witness Captain James Cook claiming it as a British colony and experience the arrival of the first fleet of early settlers, soldiers and convicts.

[Select tab 2. (above) to begin this journey.]

 The Big Questions

  •  Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
  •  Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?
  •  What were the consequences of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander   people and the early traders, explorers and settlers?


The Mitchell Library, New South Wales, for making available their collection of original manuscripts, charts and artworks.