Welcome to Cooktown Re-enactment Association
The Cooktown Re-Enactment Association has been named as a Finalist in the 2013 Queensland Reconciliation Awards for Two Cultures – One People
Welcome to the Cooktown Reenactment Associations website.
The Cooktown Re-enactment Committee was formed in 1959 by a group of business people in an effort to kick start the local economy. The town was on a downward slide after the Palmer River gold had petered out the Laura railway was pulled up and sold for scrap iron. It was decided to perform the Re-enactment of the Landing of Captain Cook to try to encourage visitors to the community.
Now, 53 years on, we take pleasure in the knowledge that the innovative decision of that small group of people in 1959 has worked.
The Re-enactment script was re-written in 2008 to better represent the perspective of the Guugu Yimithirr Bama [aborigine people] whose ancestors met with Cook, Banks, Solander and Parkinson 242 years ago.
Our logo Two Cultures –One People was designed to reflect the feelings of the people involved and the artwork in the centre was a work by local Indigenous artist, Mrs Helen Gordon. Around 50 people now take part in the Re-enactment every year.
The Re-enactment is a depiction of some of the unique events that took place at the Endeavour River in 1770.
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