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Bicentenary of Captain Cook`s Discovery : 28-September-2012
Bicentenary of Captain Cook`s Discovery : 28-September-2012

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The portal at the Gundagai Historical Centre commemorates the bicentenary of Captain James Cook`s exploration of the east coast of Australia 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:Homer Street, Gundagai Historical Museum, Gundagai, 2722
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.066183
Long: 148.107323
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1770
Approx. Event End Date:1970


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 18th April, 1970
Front Inscription

Plaque :

This Portal Was Erected To
Commemorate The Bi-Centenary
Of Captain Cook`s Discovery Of
The East Coast Of Australia
             In 1770.

The Material Presented By
The Bank Of New South Wales
Was Originally Part Of Their
Former Gundagai Premises.

     Unveiled By
The Hon. W. F. Sheahan Q.C., L.L.B., M.L.A.,
    18 - 4 - 1970.

   O. I. Bell, President 
Gundagai And District Historical Society


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