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The rise of the British empire - Australia
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Extract from the log book of Captain Cook in 1770 describing what he saw in Australia
(Catalogue ref: ADM 55/40 f165)
A Dog Cotta or Kota
A Lorryquet Perpere or Nierpier
A Coccatoo Wanda
A Male Turtle Poonja or Noinga
A Female Mamingo

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From what I have said of the Natives of New Holland, they may appear to some to be the most wretched People upon Earth but in realty they are far more happier than we Europeans being wholly unacquainted not only with the Superfluous but the necessary Conveniences so much sought after in Europe, they are happy in not knowing the use of them. They live in a Tranquility which is not disturbed by the inequality of Condition. The Earth & Sea of their own accord furnishes them with all things necessary for Life.
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