The Meeting of Two Cultures: Remembering Cook's Landing

Cost: Free

Bookings: No booking required

Location: Cape Solander Drive Kurnell
The Meeting Place is behind the Discovery Centre

Every year on 29 April, a ceremony is held at Kamay Botany Bay National Park to commemorate the Meeting of Two Cultures - when crew from Cook’s HM Endeavour first set foot on land at Kurnell in Botany Bay in 1770.

Along with Endeavour’s landing, the ceremony acknowledges the traditional owners of our land - the Australian Aboriginal people - and the meeting of the indigenous inhabitants with the European explorers.

History of the ceremony

Commemorative ceremonies have been held at the site almost continuously since 1902. Early ceremonies were organised by the Trustees of the Captain Cook Landing Place and then by the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS).

The Royal Australian Navy has also been involved over the years. Australian Navy Cadets frequently conduct the lowering and raising of flags on the day.  In 1987 Sutherland Shire Council became responsible for organising the commemorations, which became known as ‘Cook’s Landing: the Meeting of Two Cultures’.

The ceremonies continue to rely on the cooperation and involvement of NPWS and representatives of the local Aboriginal community.

Who attends?

The general public is always welcome to come to the ceremony and whenever the ceremony has has fallen within a school term up to 1,000 school children have attended. 

Past attendees have included:

  • the Governor General
  • the NSW Governor
  • the NSW Premier, Ministers and local politicians
  • Aboriginal representatives from La Parouse Land Council and Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation
  • Defence Force personnel
  • Consul Generals from England, the United States, Sweden, New Zealand and Canada
  • descendants of Captain Cook’s family
  • Scout and Guide groups
  • historical societies
  • and many community groups.

The ceremony today

Council will join with local community to remember the landing of Lieutenant James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour adjacent to The Meeting Place, behind the Discovery Centre, at Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell at 11am on Saturday 29 April 2017.  

A Welcome and guest speakers will be followed by a guided tour along the Burrawang Walk.

Guests not participating in the Walk may like to stroll through the Discovery Centre museum instead.

The 2017 ceremony marks the 247th anniversary of this event.

More information

Enquiries

Enquiries can be directed to Communications & Events on 9710 0993 or planderson@ssc.nsw.gov.au


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