Museum shows Aboriginal shield from Cook’s Landing.


6037792-3x2-700x467Photo: A shield collected at Botany Bay during Captain Cook’s visit in 1770. (Supplied: British Museum)

A shield collected after a skirmish at Botany Bay in 1770 is set to go on display at the British Museum as part of an “immensely important” exhibition devoted to the history of Indigenous Australia.

The exhibition will draw on objects from the British Museum’s collection and loans from Australian and British collections.

The bark shield is believed to have been collected by Captain James Cook or one of his men, and has a small hole believed to have been made by a spear.

Gaye Sculthorpe, the British Museum’s curator for Oceania and Australia, has previously described the shield as a “truly remarkable, significant, important object”.

“There was a skirmish on the beach and this shield was dropped and it was collected and brought back to England,” she said in 2013, when planning for…

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