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Discover the First Fleet: Virtual journey

An Invitation

Join us on a virtual journey of discovery: trace the exploration of the southern continent "Terra Australis," 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.]

Big Questions

Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?

Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?

What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

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