There’s Cap’n Jimmy Cook, the famous navigator who charted the east coast of Oz back in 1770 aboard HMS Endeavour. I photographed him in Sydney’s Hyde Park looking pretty pleased with himself at having discovered this great city… or appearing to have. He actually sailed into Botany Bay. It wasn’t until 18 years afterwards that Arthur Phillip, leading the First Fleet of 11 ships, was disappointed with Botany Bay’s poor soil and lack of fresh water, and sailed further north where he found what we now call Sydney Harbour… ’here a Thousand Sail of the Line may ride in the most perfect Security.’

I’m a hobby photographer. In fact, I’m not sure Red Bubble should refer to me as an “artist”. But I do like to take photos that are above average, and certainly appreciate learning from my fellow Bubbleonian’s efforts as well as their comments. I use a second hand Sony Cybershot F717 (recently replaced by a new Nikon D3100) and a Fuji Finepix S7000. Photography allows me to keep souvenirs of my experiences. Today’s deeds become tomorrow’s memories.

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  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 2 years ago

    Tee hee hee… I love it! All those pompous prats were a teeny bit reluctant to admit that there were people living here at the time too… Maybe it was lack of fresh water and months at sea that addled their perceptions?? Isn’t “history” a marvel? It’s a slippery concept indeed… and those with the ability to write and get their writing published were spectacularly better off than those who couldn’t/didn’t! Great photo and title, Gary :)
    (stepping down off my soapbox now…)

  • Yes, but if it hadn’t been those pompous prats it would have been the French or Dutch or Chinese or, more recently, the Japanese. There’s no way in the world that this island continent would have remained in the possession of its original inhabitants. The Brits were certainly no angels but I do believe we got a better class of devil.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    Good one Gary … Hyde Park is a great place to be with a camera (or even without) !
    I got a few shots of young “Jimmy” wearing some rather interesting clothing a couple of years ago. Looking at the statue now, I really wonder how the dressing was managed …..

  • I remember seeing the Archibald Fountain for the first time when I started work as a 14 y/o across the road at the Registrar General’s dept. OMG! We certainly didn’t have anything like THAT out in the ‘burbs! But at least the figures didn’t have to worry about getting into impossible tights and leggings.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Malcolm Katon
    Malcolm Katonover 2 years ago

    It has certainly changed a lot since he arrived in Australia! Not sure I like the way Australia is changing now though.

  • I know what you mean, Malcolm, but that’s the way we felt back in the ‘50s too… and no doubt how the Aborigines felt shortly after European settlement. I guess any kinda change is met with suspicion at first. Let’s hope it all works out.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 2 years ago

    Ha! I never thought of it that way before! Hmmmm…

  • That’s what blokes are for, Mieke.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonover 2 years ago

    Finaly found my my way to Activity with this new Redbubble. This is a great shot Gary and I like the low angle it sort of makes it very imposing. When I went with my brothers up to Cape York we kept running into Cooks landmarks. My brother said at opne time, the more I read about this Cook bloke the more I`m impressed.

  • Yep, Cook was impressive, not only as a navigator but also physically. He was over 6’ tall which back then was very tall. The average height of the sailors was about 5’ 4". I did a tour of the replica Endeavour and the middle deck was like a doll’s house. The only person not crouching was a midget. Hehe. Actually, I began to feel uncomfortably claustrophobic after a while and was glad to get outta there.

    – Gary Kelly

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