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Australian Explorers

Thursday, May 17, 1770. :   Lieutenant James Cook discovers and names Queenland's Glass House Mountains.

     Lieutenant James Cook was not the first to discover Australia, as he was preceded by numerous Portuguese and Dutch explorers. However, he was the first to sight and map the eastern coastline. Cook's ship, the 'Endeavour', departed Plymouth, England, on 26 August 1768. After completing the objective of his mission, which was to observe the transit of Venus from the vantage point of Tahiti, Cook went on to search for Terra Australis Incognita, the great continent which some believed to extend round the pole. After spending nearly a year charting the coastline of New Zealand, which had been documented by Abel Tasman in 1642, he set sail east.

On 19 April 1770, Cook's crew first sighted land, although it was not known whether the land belonged to an island or a continent. The land was in fact the far southeastern corner of the Australian continent, and Cook went on to chart the eastern coast of what was then known as New Holland, claiming it for Great Britain under the name of New South Wales.

Cook named many points of interest along the way. On 17 May 1770, he sighted and named the Glass House Mountains, which lie in what is now Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland. He named the series of volcanic plugs Glass House because they reminded him of Yorkshire's glass furnace chimneys. On this day, he also documented Noosa Head.

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