This life size statue of the British explorer, navigator and cartographer Captain James Cook is the first statue on entrance to The Mall. Designed in 1914 by Sir Thomas Brock, the statue is a memorial to the man whom brought the British Empire to Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland and Hawaii. The inscription on the bronze statue reads “Captain James Cook, RN FRS, born 1728, died 1772. Circumnavigator of the globe, explorer of the Pacific Ocean, he laid the foundations of the British Empire in Australia and New Zealand, chartered the shores or Newfoundland and traversed the ocean gates of Canada, both east and west. Unveiled by H. R. H. Price Arthur of Connaught on behalf of the British Empire League, 7th July 1914.’ Originally the inscription finished after New Zealand however in 1928 the British Empire League included the rest. Captain Cook is standing on a rope in the statue, something which is considered a sin on a ship – a fact often pointed out by visiting Sailors! Captain Cook was killed by native Hawaiins during his third exploration of the Pacific Ocean.
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