Patricia Bernard
Captain Cook
Captain Cook's Journeys

Captain Cook's Three Voyages


performed by Opera Australia


Patricia Bernard has written 68 books for children, teenagers and young adults. Her latest 16 books published by Blake Publishing are her SPARKLERS Asian Series. Her latest teenage book is ‘Legend of The Three Moons’. Patricia’s first children’s book was ‘Riddle of The Trumplar’ written under the pseudonym Judy Bernard Waite which has sold more than 100,000 copies (

Patricia is an avid traveller and she uses everything she sees as inspiration for her books, her second love is history and when lecturing on Captain Cook for adult education classes she developed this presentation for schools.


While showing a Power Point presentation of Captain Cook’s three voyages and telling the story of these epic adventures, Patricia discusses how a picture book, a short story, an essay or a chapter book could be written about parts of the journey. She invites the students to imagine a plot for a story that includes Cook crossing the Antarctic for the first time, or arriving in Tahiti or Hawaii. She suggests they become a character in Cook’s adventure and write in the first person as if they were a cabin boy, a Tahitian, or a young 20 year old Mrs Cook left behind to rear 6 children alone (4 of whom died). They could even write about the penguins who watched Cook’s ship appear out of the fog. Patricia discusses the difference between Fact and Fiction and how the students can use Cook’s adventures and turn them into a fiction that includes pirates, a race around earth or a monster fish appearing in the Pacific.

Years 3 - 6
90 minutes
$4.00 + 40c gst
$572.00 ($520 + $52 gst if less than 130 students)
School to have ready whichever system they use for
powerpoint presentations. Patricia will bring her
laptop. Table required for laptop.