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'The Kongouro from New Holland' (Kangaroo)

A Kangaroo like animal standing on a rock looking behind.

The Kongouro from New Holland, © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

  • Intro
    Museum's Description
    Teacher notes
    • Captain James Cook, 1728-1779, was an explorer and navigator and a Captain in the Royal Navy. He was the first known European to land in Hawaii and on the East coast of Australia.

      It wasn’t only sailors who took to the waves with Captain Cook. In the 18th century, scientists, astronomers and artists were keen to be the first to discover strange and interesting creatures in faraway lands.

      George Stubbs had never seen a real kangaroo when he painted this. All he had were the descriptions and basic sketches which were brought back from voyages. This painting would have been the first time the British public had laid eyes on a kangaroo. He also painted a wild Australian dog called a dingo.

      Things to think about:

      • Would you like to have been an explorer?
      • How do you think the travellers felt seeing these animals for the first time?
      • Which wild animal would you have liked to discover?
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