Issue Date: 16th Aug 2018
2018 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook setting sail in one of the greatest voyages of discovery of all time aboard HMS Endeavour with nearly 100 men including astronomers, artists and scientists.
The expedition was an incredible success, during which Cook and his men initiated the first European contact with Eastern Australia, mapped New Zealand and accurately observed the transit of Venus.
The three year voyage revealed unprecedented information about the lands, peoples, flora and fauna of the Pacific to European eyes, and set new standards for cartography, scientific enquiry and exploration
The stamps are:
1st Class: Captain James Cook
1st Class: Drawings of the observations of the transit of Venus and a photo of a sextant
2nd Class: Sir Joseph Banks
2nd Class: Chief Mourner of Tahiti and a scene with a canoe
£1.45: Drawing of the plant Scarlet Clianthus by Sydney Parkinson and a portrait of a Maori Chief with full facial moko, engraving after Sydney Parkinson
£1.45: Volatinia jacarina by Sydney Parkinson, and Sydney Parkinson self-portrait