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Midshipman Isaac Smith Memorial
Midshipman Isaac Smith Memorial

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A plaque commemorates the first Englishman to land on the shores of New South Wales.

A memorial tablet to Midshipman Isaac Smith, who is believed to have been the first member of Captain Cook's party to land at Kurnell in 1770, was unveiled on Saturday. The tablet is on a rock on which the party landed. Members of the Captain Cook's Landing Place Trust and of the Royal Australian Historical Society waited for low tide so that they could reach the rock. The tablet was unveiled by the retiring president of the trust, Mr. K. R. Cramp.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW),  9 February 1948.

Location

Address:Prince Charles Parade & Captain Cook Drive, Monument Track, Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell, 2231
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.00465
Long: 151.216994
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event STart Date:29-April-1770
Actual Event End Date:29-April-1770

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 7th February, 1948
Front Inscription

According to tradition in the Cook Family Midshipman Isaac Smith (cousin of the wife of Captain James Cook R.N.) afterwards an Admiral of the British Fleet was the first Englishman to land on this rock and on the shore of New South Wales

April 29, 1770.

Source: MA
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