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Into the 'South Seas'

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"Resolution and Adventure" medal, 1772, 1772, Barnett, William, Boulton and Fothergill, Westwood, John (1744–1792), England. Provenance unknown. Te Papa

 
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Medal for 'first'

James Cook took 2,000 medals on his second expedition (1772–75) – to be ‘left upon new discovered countries as testimonies of being first discoveries’. So far, eleven have been found in New Zealand.