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The statue was erected to commemorate Captain Cook`s discovery of the east coast of Australia in 1770. The statue was erected by public subscription supplemented by government grants. In Sydney it was estimated that more than 60,000 people attended the unveiling and 12,000 joined the procession.
Monument characteristics :
A bronze statue of Captain James Cook on a column, holding a chart, his right hand upraised.
[From Our Sydney Correspondent]. SYDNEY. 7.30 p.m. The ceremony of unveiling Captain Cook's statue took place today, and was a great success. The procession was composed of marines, volunteers, and friendly societies, and was the largest ever seen in Sydney. The ceremony was witnessed by about 60,000 people. Two hundred children sang the National Anthem. His Excellency the Governor, Sir Hercules Robinson, unveiled the statue; and; in doing so, made a speech, in which he gave a narrative of Cook's life, and characterised him as a humane, just, and God-fearing man. He added that it would be well for the youth of Australia to imitate his nobility of character.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW),
26 February 1879.
|Address:||Park & Elizabeth Streets, Hyde Park, Sydney, 2000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.874194|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Thomas Woolner|
|Monument Manufacturer:||Cox & Sons, Thomas Ditton Foundry (England).|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Tuesday 25th February, 1879|
THIS STATUE WAS ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
ASSISTED BY A GRANT FROM THE NEW SOUTH WALES GOVERNMENT
This plaque marks the site of a previous
plaque which disappeared in November 1991
and had the following inscription:
"This tablet was affixed by
The Yorkshire Society of NSW
as their tribute to the memory of
Captain James Cook. 1908"
Councillor Frank Sartor Sydney City Council 1994
AT MARTON IN YORKSHIRE
DISCOVERED THIS TERRITORY
KILLED AT OWHYHEE