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Distant shores posterNOW ON:  Distant Shores -  Images of the Pacific from Cook's 3rd Voyage 1776-1779

Distant Shores draws upon images contained in the 1785 publication Atlas to Plates form Captain Cook’s Third Voyage.

These images were produced by ship’s artist John Webber, who left aboard Cook’s Vessel the resolution in 1776, aged 24, returning three years later following Cook’s death in Hawaii. His many artworks depicted a range of scenes and people from the voyage, which sailed past Tasmania, stopped in Queen Charlotte Sound, before visiting many sites in Polynesia and being the first Europeans to land in Hawaii. From there they travelled north, exploring the Pacific northwest of North America.

A copy of the publication in the South Canterbury Museum’s collections is on display, along with wall mounted images and a digital copy available to browse.

Running from 6 November to 30 January 2022

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