Captain Cook 'discovered' the south east coast of Australia
APRIL 19TH 1770
Cook was born in north-east England in 1728, and joinedthe merchant navy, where he worked on ships along the English coast and the Baltic Sea.He later joined the navy. ON 26 AUGUST 1768, The HMB Endeavour departedl from England. The Endeavour reached Tahiti on April 1769. Cook than sailed to New Zealand and mapped the whole coastline, before travelling west, where on 19 April 1770 Cook sighted the east coast of Australia. He named it New South Wales.It was the first recorded incidence of Europeans encountering east coast.