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11-March-2018 (Graeme Saunders)
11-March-2018 (Graeme Saunders)

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The monument commemorates the landing and discovery and naming of Norfolk Island by Captain James Cook in 1774.

The Minister for Territories, Mr. Hasluck, announced yesterday that arrangements had been completed and a design approved for an obelisk to be erected at Norfolk Island to commemorate the discovery and naming of the island by Captain James Cook, R,N. on October 10, 1774, during the course of his second voyage to the Pacific. The memorial will be erected on the spot where Captain Cook landed at Duncombe Bay. 
Canberra Times (ACT), 24 December 1952.​

A memorial to Captain Cook, the discoverer of Norfolk Island, will be unveiled at Duncombe Bay, Norfolk Island, by Mrs. J. D. Mc Comish, on July 10.  Mrs. McComish is the widow of Captain McComish, whose researches revealed the spot at which Cook landed. The memorial is an obelisk cairn of random rubble standing on and capped by cement. The cairn was erected as a result of public subscription on the island, supplemented by the Royal Australian Historical Society and by the Australian Government.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW), 
2 July 1953.


Address:Duncombe Bay Road, Norfolk Island National Park, Norfolk Island, 2899
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.002559
Long: 167.944339
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:10-October-1774
Actual Event End Date:10-October-1774


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 10th July, 1953
Front Inscription

Captain James Cook R.N. on his second voyage around the world discovered and named this island Norfolk Isle

Landing in the vicinity of this point on 10th October 1774.

Source: MA
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