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A plaque commemorates the bi-centenary of the ceremony held on Possession Island by Captain Cook on the 22nd August 1770. The plaque also commemorates the first recorded sighting of a lyrebird and koala in the Bargo area on the 26th Juanuary 1798.
During 1770, Captain James Cook charted the east coast of Australia, landing at Botany Bay on 28 April. Cook formally took possession of the whole of the eastern part of Australia in August on Possession Island, just off the north coast of Cape York Peninsula, naming the region "New South Wales".
|Address:||Railside Avenue (Remembrance Drive), Park near Railway Station, Bargo, 2574|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.290376|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||22-August-1770|
|Actual Event End Date:||22-August-1770|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 22nd August, 1970|