Some points of interest

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A point of interest regarding Meng Foon’s statement on Radio NZ that the Cook monument on Titirangi was the “Crook Cook”. I believe that Gisborne Herald articles have explained that the monument was cast in Sydney and portrayed the actual features of Captain Cook, with a full explanation as to its donation to the people of Gisborne. Perhaps Meng needs to read these articles.

Also, in your paper of October 5, 2018, there is reference to “Tupaia’s Endeavour”. Surely this is an insult to Captain Cook, as I was under the understanding that it was Cook’s Endeavour. I am merely trying to get a correct account of all facts pertaining to this subject.

W. Brown

A point of interest regarding Meng Foon’s statement on Radio NZ that the Cook monument on Titirangi was the “Crook Cook”. I believe that Gisborne Herald articles have explained that the monument was cast in Sydney and portrayed the actual features of Captain Cook, with a full explanation as to its donation to the people of Gisborne. Perhaps Meng needs to read these articles.

Also, in your paper of October 5, 2018, there is reference to “Tupaia’s Endeavour”. Surely this is an insult to Captain Cook, as I was under the understanding that it was Cook’s Endeavour. I am merely trying to get a correct account of all facts pertaining to this subject.

W. Brown

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Margaret Cameron-Ash - 2 months ago
James Cook was formally appointed to command the Endeavour on 25 May 1768. A year later, when leaving Tahiti, Tupaia asked to join the ship for the onward journey, just as another islander, Ahutoru, had joined Bougainville's ship home to France, the year before. Cook was reluctant, but Joseph Banks agreed to fund the new passenger. As indicated in my book "Lying for the Admiralty" (Rosenberg, Sydney. 2018), Cook initially bestowed the name of Endeavour Bay as a memorial to his first landing place.

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