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31-May-2016 (Donna Bailey)
31-May-2016 (Donna Bailey)

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Donna Bailey

A monument commemorates Captain Tobias Furneax who was the first European to explore Adventure Bay in 1773.  Adventure Bay quickly became a popular anchorage for European explorers. Cook's Resolution watered there in 1777. 

On 29 November 1771 Furneaux was promoted commander and appointed captain of H.M.S. Adventure under James Cook`s overall command in H.M.S. Resolution. The expedition sailed from Plymouth in July 1772, called at Cape Town in November, and headed south and east.

On 8 February 1773 the ships were separated in fog and Adventure made for the agreed rendezvous, Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand. En route Furneaux directed his course for Van Diemen`s Land, sighting South West Cape on 9 March, becoming the first English vessel to retrace Tasman`s 1642 discoveries. Adventure lay off Bruny Island from 11 March 1773 `wooding and watering` in this haven, which Furneaux called Adventure Bay.

Location

Address:Adventure Bay Road, Opposite Caravan Park, Bruny Island, Adventure Bay, 7150
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -43.365387
Long: 147.335406
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Exploration
Actual Event STart Date:09-March-1773
Actual Event End Date:09-March-1773
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 26th January, 1961
Front Inscription

To Honour Capt TOBIAS FURNEAX
Discoverer Of This Bay
March 9th 1773
And Capt JAMES COOK 
Who Landed Here Jan 26th 1777.

26-1-1961

Plaque :

This plaque was erected to commemorate the visit of the Endeavor (a museum replica of H. M. Bark Endeavour) on 14th November 1994. In a re-enactment of the original visit by H.M.S. Resolution under the command of James Cook R.N. which anchored to collect grass for cattle, water and wood on 26th January 1777

Source: MA,ADB
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