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The statue commemorates botanist, Sir Joseph Banks who sailed with Captain James Cook. The lifesize bronze statue depicts him examining botanical specimens.

When the Royal Society was successful in initiating Captain Cook`s 1768 expedition to Tahiti for astronomical observations, Banks obtained permission from the Admiralty to join the venture. For him it was a chance to study new plants in unknown lands. They made collections and observations in South America, Tahiti and New Zealand before reaching Australia. His major landfalls on the eastern coast of Australia were at Botany Bay (28 April - 5 May 1770) and at the Endeavour River (17 June - 3 August).

When the British government was casting about for a suitable place to establish a penal colony, Banks was an advocate for Botany Bay. After the settlement was established at Sydney Cove, he encouraged further investigation of the natural history of the area and became the acknowledged authority on matters relating to New South Wales.


Address:Tupia Street, Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Gardens , Botany, 2019
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.955572
Long: 151.202148
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Source: MA, ADB
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