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References & Internet sites

  • Aughton, Peter, Endeavour, the Story of Captain Cook’s First Great Epic Voyage (Cassell & Co., London, 2002). A beautifully illustrated account of the voyage.
  • Australian National Maritime Museum, HMB Endeavour, Voyage Crew Training Manual (ANMM, Sydney, 2006).
  • Banks, Joseph, ed Brunton, Paul, The Endeavour Journal of Joseph Banks, The Australian Journey (Angus & Robertson with State Library of NSW, Sydney, 1998). See also Banks’s Journal online at
  • Beaglehole, J.C., The Life of Captain James Cook (Stanford University Press, 1998 ed). The definitive biography of Cook.
  • Beaglehole, J.C., ed The Journals of Captain James Cook on his voyages of discovery (Vol I & Vol II, The Hakluyt Society, London, 1955-61).
  • Bellwood, Peter, Man’s Conquest of the Pacific: The Prehistory of Southeast Asia and Oceania (Collins, Auckland, 1978). New Zealand p 381 ff.
  • Brown, Stephen, Scurvy, How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and a Gentleman Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail (Penguin/Viking, Melbourne, 2003).
  • Brug, P.H. van der, Malaria in Batavia in the 18th century (in Tropical Medicine & International Health, Vol 2 p 892, September 1997). Also available online.
  • Burke’s The Landed Gentry (1914 ed) see entry for Manley of Manley Hall & Shenstone Park; also Isaac’s wife Frances, Chandos-Pole of Radburne.
  • British Library, (Endeavour Log May-August 1768, MS8959s; Isaac’s grandfather a Commissioner of Customs 1720, MS61605 ff 187, and living at Hatton Garden Add 1394 ff2 8-30; folios of drawings and engravings by James Buchan, Sydney Parkinson et al from Endeavour voyage Add 15508 & Add 23920.
  • Cook, James, The Journals (Penguin, London, 2003, selections ed Philip Edwards from Beaglehole’s Hakluyt Society editions 1955-67). See also Cook’s Journals online at the National Library's South Seas site
  • Cross, Clarence, Braziers Before the Community (Braziers Research Communications, 1982). See The Manley Era pp 6-10.
  • Elliott, John, and Pickersgill, Richard, ed Holmes, Christine, Captain Cook’s Second Voyage (Caliban, London). Journals of two Lieutenants (Pickersgill was promoted after Endeavour returned home).
  • Endeavour Journals. Manuscript journals of the following Endeavour crew held at The National Archives, London: Anonymous Adm 51/4547; John Bootie Adm 51/4546; Charles Clerke Adm 51/4548; John Gore Adm 51/4548; Zachary Hicks Adm 51/4546; Robert Molineux Adm 51/4546 and Master’s Log Adm 55/39 and 55/41; Richard Pickersgill Adm 51/4547; Francis Wilkinson Adm 51/4547. Extracts from some of these ms are printed in Beaglehole Journals Vol I.
  • Falconer, William, A universal dictionary of the marine … etc. (London, Cadell, 1769). First edition of this famous dictionary. The copy at the National Library of Australia was used by the carpenter aboard HMS Discovery during Cook’s third voyage (NK4232). Some engravings have been used as chapter decorations in Captain Cook’s Apprentice.
  • French, Jackie, The Goat who Sailed the World (Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 2006). An account of Isaac and the Endeavour voyage for younger readers.
  • Haddon, A.C., and Hornell, James, Canoes of Oceania (Bishop Museum Press, Hawaii, 1975). A detailed account of Pacific sailing craft.
  • Hannay, David, A Short History of the Royal Navy 1217-1815 (Vol II, Methuen & Co, London).
  • Hawkesworth, Dr John, An account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His present Majesty for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere…etc. (Byron, Wallis and Cook [Endeavour] voyages, London, 1773). Also available online at
  • Howse, Derek, and Sanderson, Michael, The Sea Chart (Lansdowne, Melbourne, 1973).
  • Jackson, Peter, London Bridge (Cassell, London, 1971) especially p 70 ff ‘Shooting the Bridge.’
  • Lomb, Dr Nick, Transit of Venus, the scientific event that led Captain Cook to Australia (Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney, 2004). An accessible and well-illustrated account by an astronomer of observations to the present.
  • Macarthur, Antonia, His Majesty’s Bark Endeavour, The story of the ship and her people (Angus & Robertson with the ANMM, Sydney, 1997-98).
  • Manley, Isaac George, Captain’s Letters, 1784-95, Adm 1/2124 to 1/2129. Also the logs during his command of HMS Britannia (December 1782-March 1783) Adm 51/139; Otter (March-April 1783) Adm 51/664; Hound (April-August 1783) Adm 51/463; Fairy (May 1786-June 1789) Adm 51/33.
  • Parkin, Ray, H.M. Bark Endeavour (MUP, Melbourne, 1997-2003). A masterly account of the ship and its voyage up the east coast of New Holland, written by a seaman, poet and marine draughtsman.
  • Parkinson, Sydney, A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas In HMS Endeavour (Caliban, London, 1984, a facsimile of the 1784 edition, with engravings). Also available online at the NLA South Seas site.
  • Robson, John, ed., The Captain Cook Encyclopaedia (Random House, Sydney, 2004). Many interesting details and illustrations of Cook’s voyages, the people he met, and those who sailed with him.
  • Rodger, N.A.M., The Wooden World, An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy (Fontana, Glasgow, 1986-88). An authoritative view of life in the Royal Navy in the mid-18th century
  • Salmond, Anne, The Trial of the Cannibal Dog, Captain Cook in the South Seas (Penguin, London, 2004), especially the Polynesian sections of the voyage.
  • Salmond, Anne, Two Worlds, First Meetings Between Maori and Europeans 1642-1772 (Viking, Auckland, 1991). See Chapter 5, especially Whitianga section.
  • Sobel, Dava, Longitude, The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (Fourth Estate, London, 2005 ed). The remarkable tale of John Harrison (1693-1776), who invented the chronometer.
  • Thomas, Nicholas, Discoveries, The Voyages of Captain Cook (Penguin, London, 2003-04). A contemporary anthropologist’s account of Cook in the Pacific.
  • Trickett, Peter, Beyond Capricorn, How Portuguese adventurers secretly discovered and mapped Australia and New Zealand 250 years before Captain Cook (East Street Publications, Adelaide, 2007).

Useful Internet Sites

  • Australian National Maritime Museum.  Home of the Endeavour replica. A great resource for the maritime exploration of Australia.
  • Braziers. Home page of the Braziers Park community in Oxfordshire, with photographs and information about the house where Admiral Isaac Manley lived with his family for over 45 years.
  • British Library.  One of the world’s greatest libraries. Check out images online, including drawings by Sydney Parkinson and Alexander Buchan in the Joseph Banks collections.
  • British Museum.  Another of the world’s amazing institutions with wonderful collections of South Seas artefacts and ethnographic material brought back to England by Cook, Banks, and other Pacific explorers.
  • Captain Cook Society. A world-wide society of people interested in the life and work of Captain Cook in all its many aspects.
  • Dharawal people. The website of Les Bursill, an Aboriginal man of the Dharawal nation. An excellent resource for words, images and traditional lore of the area around Botany Bay.
  • South Seas journals of Cook, Banks and Parkinson. An excellent National Library of Australia site includes voyaging accounts, maps, a South Seas Companion, cultural atlases, indigenous histories and European reactions.
  • National Archives.  Repository of British documents dating back 1200 years. They include the journals and log books kept by the Endeavour crew and most Admiralty documents from the period.
  • National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.  A magnificent site for all things associated with Cook, Endeavour, and British maritime history. Also check out the Royal Observatory for Harrison’s sea clocks and the chronometer that revolutionised the science of navigation. The NMM has the chronometer made for Cook by Larcum Kendall, and carried on the Captain’s second voyage.
  • Royal Navy.  A fascinating site full of information and pictures of the Royal Navy, both historical and present day.
  • Royal Navy biographies.  A UK database maintained by Chris Donnithorne of people, places, ships, organizations and events associated with the Royal Navy since 1660.
  • State Library of NSW. The Library has a magnificent collection of objects associated with Cook, Banks and Endeavour, including the Captain’s Bible, navigation instruments, personal items, Banks’s journal and other manuscripts. Many of them can be seen online.