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National Treasures – Endeavour Journal (2004)


Warren Brown leafs through the precious pages of James Cook’s 1770 journal to discover Cook’s first impressions and trace the beginning of Australia as we know it today.

Curator’s notes

What is Australia’s greatest book? In the National Library of Australia there is a 743-page volume that could lay claim to the title. It is Lieutenant James Cook’s journal, written on board the Endeavour during his 1770 trip.

This is an episode from the first series of National Treasures, hosted by political cartoonist, columnist and history 'tragic’ Warren Brown. Brown draws on a fascinating mix of national treasures from public and private collections to give a snapshot of an historic moment and illustrate the uniqueness of the Australian experience.

The ABC broadcast National Treasures in 2004.