The First Landing of Captain Cook, 1770


This painting depicts the landing of Captain James Cook in 1770. Cook’s men saw two Aboriginals on the shores of Botany Bay, and one was shot dead. And then it all began.

The Wangkumara were disturbed by the red coats (British soldiers). Massacres took place at Noccundra waterhole, Tooley waterhole, on the Cooper’s Creek high sand dunes and along the Cooper channel. The Wangkumara were nearly wiped out.

Then the brutal march began. Wangkumara people were forced to leave the Cooper’s basin and were marched from Queensland to New South Wales to a concentration camp at Brewarrina. When they reached Brewarrina, there were only five hundred Wangkumara people left.

This painting contains metallic paint.

100% of the artwork price goes directly to the artist.

This artwork is UNSTRETCHED.

This painting can be stretched by The Torch. Please allow up to three weeks for stretching. For more information please see ‘Stretching, Shipping & Returns’ below.

176 × 88 cm | Acrylic on canvas | Cat. no: 1697-21

Unstretched canvas
+ $0
Stretched, ready to hang canvas
+ $220
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What is artwork stretching?
Your stretched and ready to hang painting will come complete with D-rings, hanging wire, and a small artwork label affixed to the back.

Why can’t I select unstretched canvas?
Some of our paintings are painted close to the edge of the canvas, and don’t have a border wide enough for standard stretching. These artworks will be ‘strip-lined’ with a quality cotton edging. As this is a boutique process, these paintings must be stretched by The Torch and are not available to be shipped as unstretched artworks.

Some paintings may also be unavailable unstretched because they have already been stretched for use in exhibitions.

How much will the artist receive?
100% of the artwork price, set before the stretching and delivery costs are added, is paid directly to the artist.

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