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Captain James Cook
Captain James Cook

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Graeme Saunders

A statue commemorates James Cook, the English explorer, navigator and cartographer, who rose to the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy.  He was the first person to map Newfoundland, and he made three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands as well as making the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.

The statue was originally commissioned by the Endeavour Hills Housing Estate. However in 1997 the statue was donated to the City of Melbourne and placed outside Cook`s Cottage in July of the same year.

Captain James Cook claimed the whole of the east coast of Australia for Great Britain on 22 August 1770, naming eastern Australia, 'New South Wales.'

Location

Address:Wellington Parade, Fitzroy Gardens, Cook`s Cottage, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.814522
Long: 144.979442
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Monument Designer:Marc Clark

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1973
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Cook`s Cottage

Cook`s Cottage was constructed in 1755 in the English village of Great Ayton by the parents of James Cook.  It was shipped to Victoria and re-erected in the Fitzroy Gardens in 1934.

The cottage commemorates Captain James Cook, who in 1770 mapped the east coast of Australia from Pt Hicks, in Victoria, to Possession Island north of Queensland.  

The 'oldest building in Australia', it is open daily.

Source: MA
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