Sydney Parkinson was the first European to draw the kangaroo. Soon after the landing at Endeavour River a party exploring inland saw an animal ‘as large as a greyhound, of a mouse colour and very swift’.
The following day Joseph Banks saw the same animal and wrote: ‘Nothing certainly that I have seen at all resembles him… instead of going upon all fours this animal went only upon two legs, making vast bounds’.
The word kangaroo is based on the Guugu Yimithirr word gangurru.
- Article by:
- Jo Walsh, Matariki Williams, Emma Tutton
- People of the Pacific
People from across the Pacific give their responses to collection items from James Cook’s voyages and reflect on the legacy of his travels.