The plaque on the monument states that Captain Cook's landing at Botany Bay was on 28 April Is this correct? Image courtesy of. First recorded landing by Europeans, William Jansz, in Australia, on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula. April 29 - Captain James Cook first sets. In Cook was chosen to lead an expedition to the South Seas to . along the east coast of New Holland, or Australia, heading north (April-August ). were very different from the people Cook had come across in other Pacific lands. An Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Chart of the Society Islands Link to pop-up enlargement. In Matavai Bay Cook established a fortified base, Fort Venus, from which he was to complete his first task — the observation of the Transit of Venus 3rd June Banks funded seven others to join him: Inhabitants of the island of Tierra del Fuego in their hut Link to pop-up enlargement. Round Hill Creek on the western side of the headland has a very narrow channel, which has maintained its depth at soundings taken sincebut is encumbered with shifting sandbanks. Her hull was sheathed and caulkedand a third internal deck installed to provide cabins, a powder magazine and digibet live.