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Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

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First contacts history excursion

Stage 2 history excursion


Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre, Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell.

Explore the original landing site at Kurnell by James Cook in 1770. Students will consider the traditional use of the land by the Aboriginal people and the meeting of two cultures in 1770. Visit the museum and monuments located within the National Park. Sketch a banksia plant just as the artist Parkinson did in 1770.  Students will record their observations in a mini magazine.

A short film clip made by Wakehurst PS on First Contacts program

Key Inquiry Question

  • Why did James Cook make the journey?
  • What was life like for the Aboriginal people at Kamay Botany Bay before the arrival of James Cook?
  • What was the nature and consequence of the meeting of two cultures?

Key syllabus Outcomes

  • describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community overtime
  • describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
  • describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
  • applies skills of historical inquiry and communication.

Students will:

  • investigate the first contact between the Aboriginal people and Europeans at Botany Bay 
  • participate in a role play of the first contact between Aborigines and James Cook
  • learn about the daily life of the Aboriginal people and Europeans 
  • explore the natural bushland, shore and monuments 
  • consider the significance of this site for Australia's history.

Cross Curriculum priorities

Perspectives of traditional Aboriginal lifestyle are integrated throughout the program.

Download the First contacts excursion flyer (PDF 867MB)

Supplementary resources

Endeavour - Eight Days in Kamay

View a 20 minutes clip from ABC Education HMB Endeavour's Voyage of Exploration (2018)

For a virtual tour of the Endeavour go to the Australian National Maritime Museum.