In 1769, two ships set out in search of a missing continent. That Christmas, in New Zealand waters, the two captains were almost within sight of each other, though neither knew of the other's existence.
The story of these rival ships and the men who sailed them is told by Geoffrey Blainey AC in his new book Sea of dangers- State Library of New South Wales
Professor Geoffrey Blainey has published over 30 books, including The Tyranny of Distance, a history on the effect of isolation in Australia, A Short History of the World, The Causes of War and A Shorter History of Australia. He's served on the Australia Council and the Australian War Memorial council.
He's held numerous positions at Melbourne University including Professor of Economic History and later the Ernest Scott Professor of History. He has also served as the Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University.
Historian Geoffrey Blainey describes ambitions of the 18th century French to discover a lost continent in the South Pacific. Blainey recounts "surprisingly strong" evidence indicating the land was inhabited by a Jewish colony.
This artefact of imperialism is too annoying to hear to the end of his diatribe. The sanctification of Royal Navy captain doing his job at the conclusion of the Seven Years war to view the Spanish pond of the Pacific, under the guise of science, is a tired old remnant of the Doctrine of Discovery, and he fails to attribute the real maritime adventurers, Portuguese some 250 years prior. Please read The Secret Discovery of Australia by Gordon McIntyre, consider the rape of First Nations due to this imperialism and paint this speaker Monarchic establishment blood red. Australia has all too holy a view of itself due in large part to only examining its own private parts and that that it wants examine to justify its contemporary existence in terms of an English colony.