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Cook Plaque : 05-October-2014
Cook Plaque : 05-October-2014

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

A statue commemorates Captain James Cook R.N. Unveiled in 1874, the statue was presented to the Municipal Council of Randwick by H.S. Gibson in 1910.

This is the first statue erected in New South Wales to Cook. It represents the Colonial wish to commemorate Cook in the 1870s and was erected by Captain Thomas Watson in the grounds of his residence Cooks Lodge on the 27th October 1874 on the anniversary of Cook's birthday. It is an interesting piece of local work, a good piece of statuary and its site on the old road to La Perouse and overlooking Botany Bay is (as Watson intended) historically interesting.

About 12ft in height, on a base of about the same height. Both in Pyrmont sandstone. Situated on a small triangular piece of land surrounded by iron railing set on a sandstone base. Cook is in naval uniform and carrying a telescope, beside him are an anchor and rope, terrestrial globe half draped with a flag and a sextant. The four sides of the base are inscribed with details of Cook`s career and of the donor and of Commodore Goodenough, RN.

The first statue erected in any of the Australian colonies of the great circumnavigator and discoverer of Australia-the illustrious Captain Cook-was unveiled at Randwick at 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon, by Commodore Goodenough, R.N., in the presence of a very large number of well known and influential citizens of Sydney. This event was brought to a happy issue through the munificence of one of our oldest citizens, Captain Thomas Watson, who has long been known as an ardent admirer of the celebrated discoverer of this beautiful land, and who can claim the honour of erecting the first, and, at present, only fitting tribute to the memory of Captain Cook. The figure and pedestal are both composed of Pyrmont freestone, and are the work of a colonial artist, Mr. Walter M'Gill, of Sydney.
Empire (Sydney, NSW), 28 October 1874. 



Address:Avoca Street & Belmore Road, Randwick, 2031
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.916638
Long: 151.241145
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Walter McGill


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 27th October, 1874
Front Inscription

R. N.


Presented To The Municipality Of Randwick On 14 April 1910 By H. S. GIBSON Of Greenstead Allison Rd Randwick

Ald T. R. Gilderthorp Mayor


Left Side Inscription

Erected By Captain Thomas Watson,

27th October 1874.


Right Side Inscription

THIS STATUE Was Unveiled On The 27th October 1874, By Commodore J. G. GOODENOUGH, Who Was Also Killed In The
Endeavour To Open Up Friendly Intercourse With The Natives Of The Pacific Islands At Santa Cruz On The 11th August 1875


Source: MA
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