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EnhanceTV :: Study Guides :: 1606 and 1770: A Tale of Two Discoveries

1606 and 1770: A Tale of Two Discoveries
1606 and 1770: A Tale of Two Discoveries 
This documentary explodes a number of the myths and misconceptions that have grown up around the history of the charting of the Australian coast. It reminds us that James Cook was a relatively late addition to the long list of explorers that encountered Australia, and which included Dirk Hartog, William Dampier and Abel Tasman. Even more remarkably, the film focuses on the fact that the most deserving and least rewarded explorer in terms of public recognition is the Dutchman Willem Janszoon, who was the first recorded European to land on the Australian coast in 1606 and also the first to interact with Indigenous Australians.

The film is relevant to the senior state history curriculums in that it asks historical questions that use analysis of various sources to understand past interpretations and reassess them. The investigation of this historical debate provides a framework for students to develop an understanding of terms and concepts as well as a platform to use their own individual research to examine and gather evidence, challenge established perspectives and draw conclusions. The language used in the documentary, especially in the fictionalised courtroom scenes, is sophisticated and best suited for senior students.
 

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