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Statue commemorates Captain James Cook R.N. Unveiled in 1874, the statue was presented to the Municipal Council of Randwick by H.S. Gibson in 1910.
This is the first statue erected in New South Wales to Cook. It represents the Colonial wish to commemorate Cook in the 1870s and was erected by Captain Thomas Watson in the grounds of his residence Cooks Lodge on the 27th October 1874 on the anniversary of Cook's birthday. It is an interesting piece of local work, a good piece of statuary and its site on the old road to La Perouse and overlooking Botany Bay is (as Watson intended) historically interesting.
About 12ft in height, on a base of about the same height. Both in Pyrmont sandstone. Situated on a small triangular piece of land surrounded by iron railing set on a sandstone base. Cook is in naval uniform and carrying a telescope, beside him are an anchor and rope, terrestrial globe half draped with a flag and a sextant. The four sides of the base are inscribed with details of Cook`s career and of the donor and of Commodore Goodenough, RN.
The first statue erected in any of the Australian colonies of the great circumnavigator and discoverer of Australia-the illustrious Captain Cook-was unveiled at Randwick at 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon, by Commodore Goodenough, R.N., in the presence of a very large number of well known and influential citizens of Sydney. This event was brought to a happy issue through the munificence of one of our oldest citizens, Captain Thomas Watson, who has long been known as an ardent admirer of the celebrated discoverer of this beautiful land, and who can claim the honour of erecting the first, and, at present, only fitting tribute to the memory of Captain Cook. The figure and pedestal are both composed of Pyrmont freestone, and are the work of a colonial artist, Mr. Walter M'Gill, of Sydney.
Empire (Sydney, NSW), 28 October 1874.
|Address:||Avoca Street & Belmore Road, Randwick, 2031|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.916638|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Walter McGill|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Tuesday 27th October, 1874|
TO THE MUNICIPALITY OF RANDWICK
ON 14 APRIL 1910
ALD T.R.GILDERTHORP MAYOR
27th OCTOBER 1874.
WAS UNVEILED ON
THE 27th OCTOBER 1874,
WHO WAS ALSO KILLED IN THE
OPEN UP FRIENDLY
INTERCOURSE WITH THE NATIVES
OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS
AT SANTA CRUZ
ON THE 11th AUGUST 1875