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.