From the newsletter of the Friends of the Turnbull Library
Tupaia is the biography of the remarkable Tahitian priest and navigator who contributed so much to the sueccess and fame of the Endeavour voyage.
Joan Druett read all the logbooks and journals kept on the 1766 voyage of the Dolphin and the 1768 voyage of the Endeavour, at the Turnbull Library, as well as books on ancient Tahiti. Then after two years of research at the Beinecke Rare Books Library at Yale, the British Library, and the Kew archives (generously supported by Creative New Zealand and the Stout Trust), her book was published, showing that the story of the Endeavour should be of three extraordinary men -- James Cook, Joseph Banks and Tupaia.
Hear Joan Druett speak about her research on Tupaia on Thursday 17 May at 5:30 PM at Turnbull House, Wellington.