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Captain James Cook : 26-September-2012
Captain James Cook : 26-September-2012

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams / Kent Watson / Russell Byers

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.

Location

Address:Park & Elizabeth Streets, Hyde Park, Sydney, 2000
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.874194
Long: 151.211917
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Discovery
Monument Designer:Thomas Woolner
Monument Manufacturer:Cox & Sons, Thomas Ditton Foundry (England).

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 25th February, 1879
Front Inscription

CAPTAIN COOK

THIS STATUE WAS ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
ASSISTED BY A GRANT FROM THE NEW SOUTH WALES GOVERNMENT 

1879

Plaque :

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
Lord Mayor
 

 

 

 

Left Side Inscription

             BORN 
AT MARTON IN YORKSHIRE
             1728

Back Inscription

DISCOVERED THIS TERRITORY
                    1770

Right Side Inscription

KILLED AT OWHYHEE
           1779

Source: MA,H
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