Story: Geomorphology – a history

An early view

An early view

Sydney Parkinson sketched this view of the land around Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont) in 1769, while accompanying James Cook on his first visit to New Zealand. The mountainous landscape was very different to England’s low rolling hills, which were familiar to Cook’s crew.

Parkinson died in 1771, toward the end of the expedition, and his sketches were completed by others.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0037-22
Hand-coloured engraving by Sydney Parkinson

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Rebecca Priestley, 'Geomorphology – a history - Early ideas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 June 2024)

Story by Rebecca Priestley, published 24 Sep 2007