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Captain James Cook Tribute Inscription
Captain James Cook Tribute Inscription

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The statue commemorates Captain James Cook (1728 - 1779) who explored, charted and claimed the east coast of Australia for the British Empire in 1770.  It was erected by public subscription supplemented by government grants. In Sydney it was estimated that more than 60,000 people attended the unveiling and 12,000 joined the procession.

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.'

[From Our Sydney Correspondent]. SYDNEY. 7.30 p.m. The ceremony of unveiling Captain Cook's statue took place today, and was a great success. The procession was composed of marines, volunteers, and friendly societies, and was the largest ever seen in Sydney. The ceremony was witnessed by about 60,000 people. Two hundred children sang the National Anthem. His Excellency the Governor, Sir Hercules Robinson, unveiled the statue; and; in doing so, made a speech, in which he gave a narrative of Cook's life, and characterised him as a humane, just, and God-fearing man. He added that it would be well for the youth of Australia to imitate his nobility of character.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW), 
26 February 1879.


Address:Park & Elizabeth Streets, Hyde Park, Sydney, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.874194
Long: 151.211917
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Designer:Thomas Woolner
Monument Manufacturer:Cox & Sons, Thomas Ditton Foundry (England).


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 25th February, 1879
Front Inscription

Captain Cook.

This statue was erected by public subscription assisted by a grant from the New South Wales Government


Plaque :

This plaque marks the site of a previous plaque which disappeared in November 1991 and had the following inscription : 

"This tablet was affixed by the Yorkshire Society of NSW as their tribute to the memory of Captain James Cook. 1908" 

Councillor Frank Sartor  Lord Mayor
Sydney City Council  1994



Left Side Inscription

Born at Marton in Yorkshire


Back Inscription

Discovered this territory


Right Side Inscription

KIlled at Owhyee


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