Blak Cook Book

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Commendation – Community Diversity Award, Victorian Community History Awards 2021 
Captain Cook is a well-known figure in Australian history. Cook and his crew were forerunners of the British colonisation of Australia, and centuries of British influence in the Pacific more broadly.

​For this reason, many First Nations people hold different views on Cook’s legacy, including Cooks’ Cottage in the Fitzroy Gardens, which was home to Captain Cook’s parents and relocated from England to the gardens in 1934.

In 2020, a number of institutions invited First Nations perspectives on Cook to mark the 250th anniversary of his first Pacific voyage. This included the Australian Museum’s 2020 Project – an exhibition project centred on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s perspectives.

Aligned with Future Melbourne Goal 9: a city with an Aboriginal focus, and in the spirit of truth-telling, City of Melbourne commissioned Dr Paola Balla, Dr Clare Land and Kate Golding to develop a publication that considers First Nations perspectives on Cook’s legacy and Cooks’ Cottage.

Entitled BLAK COOK BOOK, the publication invites visitors to the Fitzroy Gardens and the wider public to reflect on Australia’s history in all its complexity and be open to multiple perspectives.

This book is available as a free download from the City of Melbourne – click on the link below and you’ll then be on the right page to to download it. 

https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/about-melbourne/melbourne-profile/aboriginal-culture/Pages/blak-cook-book.aspx

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Book Reviews 1 review for Blak Cook Book

  1. Sharon Lesley

    So good to read this.
    It is not only a vital supplement to the teaching of colonial history for the current inhabitants of this country, it is a long overdue written document that provides a detailed view of the perspectives of the Indigenous Nations of Australia, and their neighbours across the span of Pacific Islands, in regard to these events and their consequences.
    Blak Cook Book highlights that the colonial history textbooks which have been provided as educational resources within our schooling systems for several generations are only a narrow record of the events of European settlement in Australia, and they are presented in such a manner that glorifies and justifies behaviours and attitudes that would not be tolerated should they have been attempted today.
    By reading this text, nobody can say, “I didn’t know”.
    It is a responsibility of the individual and the community to become properly educated about our past as the principle stepping stone towards reconciliation, decolonisation and a reinstatement of Indigenous sovereignty within the balance of what has transpired.
    There is no going back. A better way forward needs to be established.
    This begins with making space, and I believe space needs to be made for Blak Cook Book to be a mandatory textbook in our schools nationwide, so the mistakes of the past it pertains to do not continue to be perpetuated.
    Blak Cook Book is well written and thoroughly researched, drawing on the testimonial records of Captain Cook himself, along with others present and witness to events at the time.

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Commendation – Community Diversity Award, Victorian Community History Awards 2021 
Captain Cook is a well-known figure in Australian history. Cook and his crew were forerunners of the British colonisation of Australia, and centuries of British influence in the Pacific more broadly.

​For this reason, many First Nations people hold different views on Cook’s legacy, including Cooks’ Cottage in the Fitzroy Gardens, which was home to Captain Cook’s parents and relocated from England to the gardens in 1934.

In 2020, a number of institutions invited First Nations perspectives on Cook to mark the 250th anniversary of his first Pacific voyage. This included the Australian Museum’s 2020 Project – an exhibition project centred on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s perspectives.

Aligned with Future Melbourne Goal 9: a city with an Aboriginal focus, and in the spirit of truth-telling, City of Melbourne commissioned Dr Paola Balla, Dr Clare Land and Kate Golding to develop a publication that considers First Nations perspectives on Cook’s legacy and Cooks’ Cottage.

Entitled BLAK COOK BOOK, the publication invites visitors to the Fitzroy Gardens and the wider public to reflect on Australia’s history in all its complexity and be open to multiple perspectives.

This book is available as a free download from the City of Melbourne – click on the link below and you’ll then be on the right page to to download it. 

https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/about-melbourne/melbourne-profile/aboriginal-culture/Pages/blak-cook-book.aspx

Book Reviews 1 review for Blak Cook Book

  1. Sharon Lesley

    So good to read this.
    It is not only a vital supplement to the teaching of colonial history for the current inhabitants of this country, it is a long overdue written document that provides a detailed view of the perspectives of the Indigenous Nations of Australia, and their neighbours across the span of Pacific Islands, in regard to these events and their consequences.
    Blak Cook Book highlights that the colonial history textbooks which have been provided as educational resources within our schooling systems for several generations are only a narrow record of the events of European settlement in Australia, and they are presented in such a manner that glorifies and justifies behaviours and attitudes that would not be tolerated should they have been attempted today.
    By reading this text, nobody can say, “I didn’t know”.
    It is a responsibility of the individual and the community to become properly educated about our past as the principle stepping stone towards reconciliation, decolonisation and a reinstatement of Indigenous sovereignty within the balance of what has transpired.
    There is no going back. A better way forward needs to be established.
    This begins with making space, and I believe space needs to be made for Blak Cook Book to be a mandatory textbook in our schools nationwide, so the mistakes of the past it pertains to do not continue to be perpetuated.
    Blak Cook Book is well written and thoroughly researched, drawing on the testimonial records of Captain Cook himself, along with others present and witness to events at the time.

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