Memorial: M1861

Statue in Christchurch, New Zealand of Captain James Cook RN d. 1779

Location

Victoria Square, Christchurch, New Zealand, Rest of the World

Transcript

'PRESENTED BY MATTHEW FRANK BARNETT A CITIZEN OF CHRISTCHURCH 1932', 'JAMES COOK / CAPTAIN ROYAL NAVY / CIRCUMNAVIGATOR / WHO FIRST HOISTED THE / BRITISH FLAG IN NEW ZEALAND / AND EXPLORED HER SEAS / AND COASTS 1769-70 1773-4 1777 / OCEANI INVESTIGATOR ACERRIMUS'

Details

Description: Cook is shown full-length in uniform, leaning on a capstan. 'Christchurch Times' 7 Feb 1930 'depicts Captain Cook standing on the deck of his ship gazing into the distance. It conveys the suggestion of an early morning scene, with a strong breeeze lowing back the folds of the navigator's coat. The face is very clear cut and strong.'
Type: Statue
Materials: Marble, granite
Date Erected: 10/8/1932
Artists: William Trethewey

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: Photograph of the unveiling ceremony in Christchurch Central Library. Signed: 'TRETHEWEY FECIT'.
Bibliography: 'Christchurch Times' 9, 10, 20 August 1929, 10 January, 2 February, 6 September, 12 December 1930, 2 August 1932.
Recorder: B, Tomlinson 2017