Tagged: Captain Cook

I could have danced all night: Music and dance in convict times - News

Jean Balchin Jan 24, 2018

A great many Australians and New Zealanders can trace their ancestry back to a convict or two, deported by the British government to various penal colonies in Australia between 1788 and 1868. In the early 17th century, the British government began transporting convicts overseas to American colonies. The American Revolution put a stop to all this however, and an alternative site was … Read More

Captain Cook’s Chooks - News

Guest Author Aug 05, 2016

by Julie Iles New Zealand’s first chickens probably hitched a ride here on Captain James Cook’s ship Resolution, new research has found. Radiocarbon dating of the chicken bones revealed an overlap between the bone and James Cook’s second voyage to New Zealand during 1773-1774. The bones were sourced from three Maori midden sites, or refuse heaps, along the east coast … Read More