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The monument commemorates the English explorer and navigator, Captain James Cook.

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.'  

Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy.  He made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Cook was killed in the Hawaiian Islands in 1779. 


Address:St George`s Road, Edinburgh Gardens, Rowe Street entrance, Fitzroy North, 3068
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.787765
Long: 144.985522
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

Captain James Cook
The explorer of the Pacific

Born at Marton, England, 27th October, 1728
Killed at Hawaii Island on 14th February, 1779

The Endeavour on which Captain James Cook sailed on his first voyage of discovery in August, 1768

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