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06-November-2015
06-November-2015

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Statue of Sir Joseph Banks commemorates the 15th anniversary of the proclamation of the city of Bankstown in 1980. 

The area was named "Banks' Town" in honour of botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who sailed with Captain Cook on the 'Voyage of Discovery' from 1768 to 1771. Banks had collected botanical and scientific specimens at Botany Bay between 28 April and 6 May 1770. On his return to England, his enthusiasm for the settlement at Botany Bay, combined with his growing stature as a scientist, had considerable bearing on the decision to send the first fleet to Australia.

Location

Address:Chapel Road & The Mall, Bankstown, 2200
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.915719
Long: 151.033844
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Approx. Event Start Date:1980
Approx. Event End Date:1995
Monument Designer:Carl Merton

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 27th May, 1995
Front Inscription
                SIR JOSEPH BANKS
                          (CIRCA 1771)
THIS STATUE DEPICTS BANKS AT THE TIME OF HIS VISIT TO AUSTRALIA, WHEN HE ACCOMPANIED CAPTAIN JAMES COOK ON THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY.

       (SCULPTURED BY CARL MERTON)
            OFFICIALLY DEDICATED BY

HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR CLR MAX PARKER 
                  ON 27 MAY 1995
               TO COMMEMORATE 
THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF CITY PROCLAMATION DURING THE
1995 BANKSTOWN COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS PROGRAMME
IN THE PRESENCE OF COUNCIL. 

SOUTH WARD               NORTH WARD 
(Names)                            (Names) 
EAST WARD                   WEST WARD
(Names)                             (Names) 
              MARK FITZGIBBON
           GENERAL MANAGER  
Source: MA
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