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Myself in the Even landed on a small Island on the Northern side of the bay to search for shells” – Joseph Banks 30th April 1770…

so in the ‘even’ today the following could be found at this small island that Cook later recorded as Bare: fishers, dog walkers, photographers, along with litter, and weeds such as Bitou Bush. Unfortunately there were very few shells.  Although Bare Island forms part of  Kamay Botany Bay National Park the rock platforms are not protected. (Photos below of Bare Island, The Heads of Botany Bay, Henry Head, Kurnell, the armillary sphere atop the Laperouse Monument, Macquarie Watchtower, as well the grave of Receveur another young and enthusiastic scientist of the Enlightenment buried at La Perouse 17 February 1788)