British exploration collection




A collection of over 500 objects relating to exploration of the Asia Pacific region by British explorers in the period 1688 to 1852. The collection includes the voyage accounts of Dampier, Anson, Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Cook, Vancouver, Flinders, King, Stokes and Stanley as well as ship models, portraits, charts and engravings. Also included are archaeological relics recovered from Endeavour Reef where Cook's ENDEAVOUR was stranded in June 1770.

The British exploration collection draws together material relating to the voyages of prominent explorers from William Dampier's first landfall in Australia in 1688, through the great age of Cook and Pacific exploration, to the period after colonial settlement. The collection includes the work of voyage artists such as Parkinson, Hodges, Webber, Westall and Brierley and reflects a growing European appreciation of the Asia Pacific region, particularly in the later part of the 18th century.

Some material included in this collection may be subject to copyright

By appointment only, please contact ANMM

Parts of this collection are digitised and available on the ANMM web site


1688-1852; Archaeology; Geography; Navigation charts

Exploration; Explorers; Navigation

James Cook; Mathew Flinders; William Dampier

Journals; Navigational charts; Paintings; Ship models

Coverage Spatial

Pacific Ocean; Asia; Australia

Coverage Temporal



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