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Captain Cook at the Turnbull: New perspectives, original evidence

Date: Thursday 22 August 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: Free. Koha from non-members appreciated.
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

It’s a truism of Pacific studies that a wider variety of perspectives on Cook’s voyages find expression today than in previous decades of scholarship. Oliver Stead examines original Cook memorabilia in the Alexander Turnbull Library collections in the context of changing perspectives on Cook and his legacy.

Perspectives on Cook's voyages

Original items from the Alexander Turnbull collections relating to Cook's first visit to the Pacific

Dr Oliver Stead’s talk presents a summary of original items in the Alexander Turnbull Library collections relating to Captain James Cook whose remarkable first visit to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands 250 years ago gathered a wealth of information, artefacts and botanical specimens, and produced the very first detailed map of New Zealand.

A Friends of the Turnbull Library event.

About the speaker

Dr Oliver Stead has been Curator Drawings Paintings and Prints at the Alexander Turnbull Library since October 2015. He is the author of a number of books on New Zealand art.

Oliver has previously held senior and specialist roles in several collecting institutions including:

  • Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • National Library of Australia, and
  • The James Wallace Art Trust.

His doctoral research focussed on the New Zealand-born art dealer and collector Sir Rex Nan Kivell.

Head and shoulders portrait of a man of Tanna in Vanuatu.
'Tanna' c.1774. by William Hodges, 1744-1797. Tanna [1774]. Red chalk on laid paper 550 x 375 mm on sheet 610 x 440 mm. Ref: G-365. Alexander Turnbull Library.