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Image Captain Cook's navigational instruments

TLF ID M006958

This resource includes a small magnifying glass and a plane table frame used on Captain James Cook's voyages for navigation and surveying.





Educational details

Educational value
  • The small magnifying glass is held in a tortoiseshell mount and housed in a silver capstan-style case. The case, which is almost 7 cm high, dates from 1844. It bears the inscription: 'This magnifier was given by Captain James Cook, the celebrated navigator to Mr Willm. Bayley the astronomer to the expedition during Cook's 3rd voyage and was presented by Mr Bayly to his Pupil, friend & Executor Mark Beaufoy Esqr. F.R.S.'
  • The 18th-century surveyor's plane table frame was used to assist in accurate coastal mapping. The frame held paper firmly in place on the top of the plane table, a level surface used for surveying with a compass and a sighting device called an alidade. The boxwood frame has brass hinges and measures 34.2 cm x 41.1 cm.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • Studies of society and environment
  • History

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Contributors
  • Author
  • Person: George Serras
  • Description: author
  • Contributor
  • Name: National Museum of Australia
  • Organization: National Museum of Australia
  • Description: content provider
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.nma.gov.au
  • Person: George Serras
  • Description: author
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: National Museum of Australia
  • Organization: National Museum of Australia
  • Address: ACT
  • URL: http://www.nma.gov.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: National Museum of Australia
  • Organization: National Museum of Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.nma.gov.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Image
Rights
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd and the National Museum of Australia, 2011 (except where otherwise indicated). You may view, display, print out and copy this material for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the material.