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25-April-2016
25-April-2016

Photographs supplied by Frank Vogel

A cairn commemorates the first landing of the "Endeavour" in Queensland at Bustard Bay.  It stands on the site where one of Cook's crew carved the date on a tree near where they came ashore.

On Wednesday 24 May 1770, Lieutenant James Cook anchored the Endeavour about 3 km off this part of the coast near Round Hill Head. Cook went ashore near Round Hill Head with botanist Joseph Banks and his assistant Daniel Solander. It was only the second time during the voyage that he had set foot on Australian soil and his first venture on dry land at what is now called Queensland.

The party landed within the south point of the bay where they found a channel leading into a large lagoon. One of the party shot a bustard weighing 6.8 kilograms, which Cook and his officers later said was the best meat they'd eaten since they left England in 1768. Before leaving next day, Cook named the area Bustard Bay. Every May since 1991, a re-enactment of Cook's landing has been staged as part of the annual 1770 Festival.

The University of Queensland will be represented at the unveiling of the Captain Cook memorial at Bustard Bay next Saturday by the Garrick Professor of Law (Dr. Cumbrae Stewart), who is president of the Historical Society of Queensland and secretary to the joint committee of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Queensland branch), and the Historical Society of Queensland, by whom the memorial was erected. 

It is expected that there will be a number of visitors from Bundaberg and Gladstone. H.M.A.S. Sydney will arrive in Bustard Bay on Friday, and the unveiling ceremony will be performed by Commodore Hyde, R.A.N., on Saturday morning. The Sydney will be the first man-of-war to anchor in Bustard Bay since H.M.S. Investigator (Captain Matthew Flinders) anchored in 1802, under Round Hill Head, which separates Hervey Bay from Bustard Bay. The memorial is placed high on Round Hill Head, above the spot where Captain Cook landed. It is visible for a considerable distance, and will remind all who see it that on May 24th, 1770, the British first set foot on Queensland soil.
The Brisbane Courier (Qld), 10 June 1926.

Location

Address:Captain Cook Drive, Round Hill Head, Seventeen Seventy, 4677
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.159556
Long: 151.882993
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Discovery
Actual Event STart Date:24-May-1770
Actual Event End Date:24-May-1770

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 12th June, 1926
Front Inscription

Under the lee of this point Lieutenant James Cook landed on 24th May 1770.

Source: MA,NRUM
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