James Cook

James Cook (1728  – 1779) explorer, navigator, cartographer, captain
The renowned English navigator and explorer Captain James Cook had been baptised in the Anglican parish church of Marton-in-Cleveland in north Yorkshire in 1728, but was a nominal Anglican only. Nevertheless, he was a moral man and never cursed or swore and would not permit profanity on board his ships.

“The renowned English navigator and explorer Captain James Cook had been baptised in the Anglican parish church of Marton-in-Cleveland in north Yorkshire in 1728, but was a nominal Anglican only. Nevertheless, he was a moral man and never cursed or swore and would not permit profanity on board his ships.

Before he sailed, Cook’s wife Elizabeth gave him an Anglican prayer-book from which source he named a number of places on Australia’s coast after the days of the church year on which his ship reached them, such as the Whitsunday Passage and Islands, Trinity Bay and the Pentecost Islands.

http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/bios/b2cook.htm

Further references :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cook

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/cook-james-1917

Captain Cook’s cottage,  Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne : http://www.fitzroygardens.com/Cook_Index_Page.htm

The Christian foundations of Australia
https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/the-christian-foundations-of-australia/

While Cook was not specifically ‘an Australian’ he was one of its first explorers.

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