Stan Grant: It is a ‘damaging myth’ that Captain Cook discovered Australia


Who would have thought the mere suggestion that Captain Cook did not in fact discover would be so controversial?

It seems to have taken some people by surprise, the idea that people were here for more than 60,000 years before the Endeavour dropped anchor.

What were we doing all that time, just waiting for white people to find us?

And to dare challenge this “discovery”; how impertinent. I can hear someone saying “know your place”.

It has certainly ignited a debate and that is a good thing. History is not dead, it is not past or redundant, it is alive in all of us: we are history.


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