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South Africa House, London, England

Sculpture on South Africa House, London depicting Bartholomeu Diaz d. 1500

Location

South Africa House, London, England

Details

Description: A figure of Diaz, to his right a column with the name Diaz, to left a globe and the stern of a ship.
Type: Statue
Materials: Stone
Date Erected: 1934
Artists: Coert Steynberg

People

Diaz, Bartholomeu
Age:
Date of Death: 1500
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Navigator
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Portuguese navigator.
Bibliography: Arthur Byron 'London Statues: a guide to London's outdoor statues and sculpture' (London, 1981).

Victoria Harbour, Victoria, Canada, Rest of the World

Statue in Victoria Harbour, Victoria, Canada, commemorating Captain James Cook RN, d. 1779

Location

Victoria Harbour, Victoria, Canada, Rest of the World

Transcript

'Capt. James Cook, R.N. / 1728-1779 / After two historic voyages to the South / Pacific Cook was cruising the waters of the / Pacific Northwest on his third and final / voyage with his two ships, Resolution and / Discovery. He was searching for the West- / ern exit to the legendary Northwest / Passage. In March 1778, they put into / Nootka Sound for repairs and to trade / with the native people. With him on the / voyage were Mr. William Bligh as Master / of the Resolution and Midshipman George / Vancouver. / THIS STATUE WAS COMMISSIONED BY / THE VICTORIA ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT FOUNDATION / And unveiled by / THE HONOURABLE / WILLIAM RICHARDS BENNETT / Premier of the Province of / British Columbia / July 12, 1976'

Details

Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 1976
Artists: John Tweed

People

Cook, James
Age: 51
Date of Death: 14/2/1779
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia, Rest of the World

Statue in Sydney, Australia depicting Captain Matthew Flinders RN d. 1814

Location

Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia, Rest of the World

Transcript

'MATTHEW FLINDERS / 1774-1814 / CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY / HE EXPLORED AND SKILFULLY / CHARTED A LARGE PORTION / OF THE AUSTRALIAN COAST / DURING THE YEAR 1796 / TO 1803'

Details

Description: Full-length standing figure in uniform, holding a sextant in right hand, right foot on a coil of rope.
Type: Statue
Position: West side of Mitchell Library
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 1925
Artists: William Robert Colton

People

Flinders, Matthew
Age: 40
Date of Death: 19/7/1814
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: His cat has a nearby memorial donated by the North Shore Historical Society.
Bibliography: Michael Hedger 'Public Sculpture in Australia' (Roseville East, NSW, c.1995).

St David's Church, Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Tomb at St David’s Church, Prendergast, Pembrokeshire commemorating Admiral John Lort Stokes d. 1885

Location

St David's Church, Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Transcript

'Sacred to the Dear Memory of John Lort Stokes Admiral Royal Navy of Scotchwell, Haverfordwest who entered into his rest June 11th 1885 Aged 73."They that go down to the Sea in Ships These men see the Works of the Lord and the Wonders of the Deep." Psalms CVII 23:24'

Details

Type: Tomb
Position: Churchyard
Materials: White marble

People

Stokes, John Lort
Age: 73
Date of Death: 11/6/1885
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Corner Belmore Road and Avoca Street, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia

Statue at Randwick, New South Wales, Australia commemorating Captain James Cook RN d. 1779

Location

Corner Belmore Road and Avoca Street, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia

Transcript

'To the memory of Captain James Cook R.N. The celebrated navigator and discoverer of this territory. Born at Marton, Yorkshire 27 October A.D. 1728. Killed at the Sandwich Islands, 14 February 1779.'

Details

Description: Full length statue, a draped globe and sextant to the left, Cook's left hand rests on the globe.
Type: Statue
Materials: Pyrmont sandstone
Date Erected: 1874
Artists: William McGill
Vessel: HMB Endeavour

People

Cook, James
Age: 51
Date of Death: 14/2/1779
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Commissioned by Captain Thomas Watson

Stamford Hill, Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia, Rest of the World

Obelisk at commemorating Stamford Hill, Port Lincoln, Australia commemorating Captain Matthew Finders RN d. 1814

Location

Stamford Hill, Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia, Rest of the World

Transcript

'The place from which the Gulf and its shores were first surveyed on 20th Feb. 1802 by Matthew Flinders R.N., commanding H.M.S. 'Investigator' the discoverer, of the country, now called South Australia, was set apart on 12 Jan., 1841, with the sanction of Lieut. Col. Gawler, K.H., the governor of the colony, and in the first year of the government of Captain Grey, adorned with this monument to the perpetual memory of the illustrious navigator, his honoured commander by John Franklin R.N., K.C.H., K.R., Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land'

Details

Type: Obelisk
Materials: Ironstone, marble
Date Erected: 1841-2
Vessel: Investigator

People

Flinders, Matthew
Age: 40
Date of Death: 19/7/1814
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Cost £250-00. Refaced with marble in 1866 and a new marble tablet fixed. A bronze plaque reproducing the same inscription was placed on top of the marble one and unveiled on 9 March 1934.
Bibliography: Ken McGoogan 'Lady Franklin's Revenge' (London, 2006) p.210; Manuscript collection, National Maritime Museum FLI/109 Letter of thanks, 1843, to Franklin from Flinders' widow Mary Ann Flinders.

Highgate Cemetery, Highgate, London, England

Memorial in Highgate Cemetery, London commemorating Lieutenant James Holman RN d. 1857

Location

Highgate Cemetery, Highgate, London, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / The celebrated Blind Traveller, / Lieut. JAMES HOLMAN, R.N., F.R.S., &c. / Of Travers College, Windsor, / Who died 28 July, 1857, aged 70 years'

Details

People

Holman, James
Age: 70
Date of Death: 28/7/1857
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Frederick Teague Cansick 'Epitaphs of Middlesex' (London, 1869) vol ii, p. 177.

St Cuthbert's Church, Marton, Middlesborough, England

Memorial in St Cuthbert’s Church, Marton, Middlesborough, commemorating Captain James Cook RN d. 1779

Location

St Cuthbert's Church, Marton, Middlesborough, England

Transcript

[Top] 'Captain James Cook RN, FRS Born at Marton and baptised in the church.'

Details

Description: At the top within a circular border is a chart of New Zealand. In the sea are birds, fish and whales surrounding Cook's ship; a wind cherub to the right. In the foreground, Cook steps ashore, holding his sword in his right hand and his hat in his left while a seaman hoists the red ensign behind him.
Type: Window

People

Cook, James
Age: 51
Date of Death: 14/2/1779
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Given to the church by Dorothy M. Bolckow. A panel commemorating various members of the Bolckow family is placed in the lower part of the window.

Petropavlovsk, Russia, Rest of the World

Obelisk in Petropavlovsk, Russia commemorating Commander Charles Clerke RN d. 1779

Location

Petropavlovsk, Russia, Rest of the World

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY / OF / CAPTAIN CHARLES CLERKE R.N. / WHO DIED AUGUST 22ND 1779 / AGED 38 YEARS / AND WHOSE BODY IS INTERRED / BENEATH THIS STONE.'

Details

Type: Obelisk
Materials: Granite
Date Erected: 1913

People

Clerke, Charles
Age: 38
Date of Death: 22/8/1779
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: James Cook's second in command. Died in Petropavlovsk of tuberculosis. the obelisk was erected by the Admiralty.

Étampes, Parc du Jeurre, France, Rest of the World

Memorial in Étampes, Parc du Jeurre, France commemorating Captain James Cook RN d. 1779

Location

Étampes, Parc du Jeurre, France, Rest of the World

Details

Description: A relief bust of Cook in a niche in the plinth, an urn above.
Type: Memorial
Artists: Hubert Robert, Augustin Pajou

People

Cook, James
Age: 51
Date of Death: 14/2/1779
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Decorative carving by Mezieres, commissioned by Jean-Joseph, Marquis de Laborde (1724-94). Sketches and model 1787. Monument originally at his garden at Méréville. Bust in relief a later replacement. Design based on Roman funary altars and originally stood in a small pavillion. Tomb recently enclosed in glass. See SCU0012.
Bibliography: James David Draper, Guilhem Scherf 'Augustin Pajou Royal Sculptor 1730-1809' (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1997); Ed. James Stevens Curl 'Kensal Green Cemetery: the origins and development of the cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green, London 1824-2001' (Chichester, 2001) pp.11-12.