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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:

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Notes: Commissioned by Captain Thomas Watson

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

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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, England dedicated to James Cook. d. 1799

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

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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

Obelisk in Petropavlovsk Russia dedicated to Charles Clerke. d. 1799

Location

Petropavlovsk Russia

Details

Type: Obelisk

People

Clerke, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 22/8/1799
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: James Cook's second in command.

Etampes, Parc du Jeurre, France

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

Location

Etampes, Parc du Jeurre, France

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.

St Mary's Church, Merton, London, England

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Merton commemorating Rear-Admiral Isaac Smith d. 1831

Location

St Mary's Church, Merton, London, England

Transcript

'IN THE VAULT BENEATH / ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF / CHARLES SMITH ESQR / LATE OF MERTON ABBEY IN THIS PARISH / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE / THE 6TH SEPTR 1827 AGED 72 / ALSO / THE REMAINS OF / ISAAC SMITH ESQR / REAR ADMIRAL IN HIS MAJESTY'S NAVY / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 2ND JULY 1831 / AGED 78 / ALSO/THE REMAINS OF ISAAC CRAGG SMITH ESQR. / THEIR NEPHEW, / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE / THE 7TH DECR 1831 AGED 38 / ALSO / THE REMAINS OF / CAROLINE CRAGG SMITH HIS WIFE / WHO DIED IN CHILDBED, /T HE 4TH DECR 1823 AGED 30, / WHO WITH HER INFANT WAS REMOVED / FROM BUNHILL FIELDS BURIAL GROUND / AND DEPOSITED IN THIS VAULT / THE DAY PREVIOUS TO HER HUSBANDS BURIAL / DECEMBER 1831'

Details

Type: Vault
Position: Churchyard

People

Smith, Isaac
Age: 78
Date of Death: 2/7/1831
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: Isaac Smith was a Midshipman in 'Endeavour'. He was the cousin of Captain Cook's wife Elizabeth.

Straits of Megallan, Tierra Del Fuego, Chile

Memorial near the Straits of Magellan, Chile commemorating Rear-Admiral Phillip Parker King d. 1856

Location

Straits of Megallan, Tierra Del Fuego, Chile

Transcript

'ARMADA DE CHILE / INSTITUTO DE COMEMORACION HISTORICA DE CHILE / HOMENAJE AL / CONTRAALMIRANTE / PHILLIP PARKER KING / 1793-1856 / DIRIGIO LOS MAS IMPORTANTES TRABAJOS / HYDROGRAFICOS BRITANICOS EN EL LITORAL / CHILENO DE LA PATAGONIA Y LA TIERRA DEL FUEGO / ENTRE 1826 Y 1830 QUE FUERON HITOSV/ INVALUABLESPARA EL CONOCIMIENTO GEOGRAPHICO / MARITIMO Y CIENTIFICO DE NUESTRA ZONA AUSTRAL / UNIVERSIDAD DE MAGALLANES / SOCIEDAD CHILENA DE HISTORIA Y GEOGRAPHIA / ACADEMIA DE HISTORIA NAVAL Y MARITIMA DE CHILE / CORPORACION DEL PATRIMONIO MARITIMO DE CHILE / CORPORACION DEL PATRIMONIO CULTURAL DE CHILE / 2008'

Details

Description: Rough obelisk made of water-smoothed stones and cement, with a metal plaque.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: HMS Beagle

People

King, Phillip Parker
Age: 65
Date of Death: 26/2/1856
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Died North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Photographer: Eric Ruff, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Market place, Donington, Lincolnshire, England

Statue at Donington, Lincolnshire of Captain Matthew Flinders RN d. 1814

Location

Market place, Donington, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

On map 'MATHEW FLINDERS 1774-1814' on Australia 'VOYAGE / TO / TERRA AUSTRALIS / 1801 1802 AND 1805'.

Details

Description: Full-length statue of Flinders in uniform holding a telescope, His cat Trim by his feet. On the base plate, a bronze map of Australia with his route and ship. Signed: 'Judith Holmes Drewry 2006 LEBLANC FINE ART FOUNDRY'. Set in the surrounding pavement are three other bronze plaques - sea creatures, a tree signed HB, two ships signed SC.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 2006
Artists: Judith Holmes Drewry

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: The pavement plaques produced with pupils from Thomas Crowley High School, Donington. The statue produced by Fens Tourism Ltd with funding from the European Union Regional Development Fund and Lincolnshire County Council.

St Mary's Church, Hardmead, Buckinghamshire, England

Wall tablet in Hardmead, Buckinghamshire, commemorating Robert Shedden d. 1849.

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Location

St Mary's Church, Hardmead, Buckinghamshire, England

Transcript

'WILHELMINA, / THE BEREAVED MOTHER, / ERECTS THIS MONUMENT TO THE MEMORY OF / HER ONLY AND WELL BELOVED SON / ROBERT SHEDDEN. / HE BUILT AND FITTED OUT HIS R.T.C. SCHOONER YACHT, / THE 'NANCY DAWSON,' / AND IN THIS FRAIL BARK HE BRAVELY EXPLORED / THE FROZEN OCEAN IN THE ARCTIC REGIONS, / IN A DISINTERESTED SEARCH AFTER THE LONG MISSING / SIR JOHN FRANKLIN, / AND HIS GALLANT BAND IN VAIN, / DISAPPOINTED IN HIS GENEROUS HOPE, / AND WORN DOWN BY ANXIETY, / AND SLEEPLESS WATCHING / HE DROOPED AND DIED, / AS HE WISHED ON THE DARK BLUE SEA. / HE EXPIRED ON BOARD HIS YACHT, / ON 16TH NOVEMBER 1849 / AGED 30 YEARS. / HIS NOBLE REMAINS ARE INTERRED / NEAR THE WILD WAVES OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN, / IN THE PROTESTANT BURIAL GROUND AT MAZATLAN. / HIS PRECIOUS SOUL RESTS / WITH HIS FATHER AND HIS GOD. / RESURGAM'

Details

Description: A marble tablet on a slate backing with a gothic arch surrounding the inscription tablet; the Shedden arms above the lettering. A relief profile of the yacht is placed on the slate below the marble tablet.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: North wall of chancel
Materials: Marble: slate
Artists: Thomas Gaffin
Vessel: Nancy Dawson

People

Shedden, Robert
Age: 30
Date of Death: 16/11/1849
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: The Nancy Dawson was the first yacht to round Port Barrow and circumnavigate the world. Read more at http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/148623.html#kGRBdQkpmoBQL2YY.99
Recorder: B. Tomlinson. 2007.

Cathedral, Bristol, England

Window dedicated to Sir Walter Raleigh d. 1618, in Bristol Cathedral.

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Location

Cathedral, Bristol, England

Transcript

'WALTER RALEIGH', 'ROBERT BLAKE'

Details

Description: Full length standing figure in four light window as companion to Robert Blake.
Type: Window
Position: South side of nave
Materials: Stained glass

Event Category

1584-1604 Conflict between England and Spain

People

Blake, Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 1657
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: General at Sea
Organisation: Royal Navy
Raleigh, Walter
Age:
Date of Death: 1618
Cause of Death: Executed
Rank / Occupation: Explorer
Organisation:

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