Cooktown Discovery Festival

The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) are proud sponsors of the 2019 Cooktown Discovery Festival. The Cooktown Discovery Festival is a major event on the regional calendar – attracting locals from around Cape York to join with visitors from the broader region and global market to come together and celebrate Cooktown’s history and heritage.

As sponsors we are opening the doors of the James Cook Museum on Saturday 15 June, 12-5pm free to Festival visitors. The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) is also proudly presenting the Indigenous Showcase and the Re-enactment of the Captain Cook landing.

 

 


James Cook Museum Open Day

Date: Saturday 15 June

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: James Cook Museum, Cnr Helen & Furneaux Streets, Cooktown

Admission: Free

Activities will include:

  • Guided tours of the museum
  • Hands on history activities for the kids
  • 1pm: Richard Ferguson, Manager, Heritage Museums and Collections National Trust of Australia (Queensland)

 

Overview: 

Housed in a stunning nineteenth-century former convent, the James Cook Museum in Cooktown is one of Queensland’s best museums, showcasing the fascinating history of this remarkable town.  You can view an original anchor and cannon from Cook’s HMB Endeavour and entry is free to all festival-goers on the day.

Learn Richard Ferguson, Manager, Heritage Museums and Collections National Trust of Australia (Queensland) as he explores the topic of “People, Places and Ports: How the exploitation of maritime and mineral resources shaped Cooktown”. This presentation will look at some of the riverside rendezvous that have shaped the development and character of Cooktown and highlight a selection of objects from the collection of the James Cook Museum.

 

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Indigenous Showcase – a celebration of Aboriginal Culture and Dance

Date: Saturday 15 June

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Bicentennial Park, Charlotte Street, Cooktown

Admission:
Free

 

Overview: 

The story of Cooktown and our region begins many, many years before the arrival of Captain Cook and his crew.

Join us for a traditional showcase and corroboree under the stars. Set against the backdrop of the sun setting on the Endeavour River, performers and artists will tell the Waymburr story through dance, music and spoken word.

The performance will end with fireworks set off over the Endeavour River.

 

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Re-enactment of the Captain Cook landing in 1770

Date: Sunday 16 June

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Location: Bicentennial Park, Charlotte Street, Cooktown

Admission:
Free

 

Overview: 

In 2019, the Cooktown Re-enactment Association will present its 61st performance of the re-enactment of Captain Cook landing on the banks of the Endeavour River, 17 June 1770.

Join us for a fully costumed re-enactment of the landing of Captain James Cook and his first meeting with the Guugu Yimithirr people, including the first ever act of reconciliation between the English and the Aboriginal inhabitants. You will also witness the stories of the scientific discoveries of Banks and Solander, and their botanic and artistic legacies with the first recorded sightings of the kangaroo and the flying fox. This community performance has become a landmark event on the regional calendar.

The firing of the Cannon will conclude the re-enactment – not to be missed!

 

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