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Captain Cook Inscription Plaque : Feb 2014
Captain Cook Inscription Plaque : Feb 2014

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

The garden and obelisk commemorate the 200th anniversary of Captain James Cook's exploration, charting and claiming of the east coast of Australia for the British Empire in 1770. 

The Bicentenary of James Cook in Australia was commemorated in Autralia in 1970. The British explorer Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook charted the east coast of Australia in 1770, and claimed the eastern seaboard of the continent for the British Crown. It was not considered the official bicentenary of Australia, but rather the bicentenary of the first mapping of the eastern coastline.

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.'


Address:The Grand Parade, Cook Park, Brighton-Le-Sands, 2216
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.968567
Long: 151.15304
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:29-April-1770
Actual Event End Date:29-April-1970


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1970
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Captain Cook Bi-Centenary

1770 - 1970

This garden and obelisk were established by Rockdale Municipal Council to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the discovery of the East Coast of Australia by Lieut. James Cook R.N. who landed on 29th April 1770 at Kurnell 4½ miles south  east of this point.

R. Stark              Town Clerk
R. W. Rathbone  Mayor

Source: H, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au