Great Barrier Reef Sights

Cook Monument

  • Charlotte St. Map It
  • Cooktown
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 07/21/2016

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This monument was built in 1887 to commemorate James Cook's landing here in 1770. Alongside it is a cannon that was brought to Cooktown in 1885, along with three cannonballs, two rifles, and "a competent officer," to combat what locals believed was an imminent Russian invasion. The still-operational Scots-made cannon is fired each Queen's Birthday Weekend in June.

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Charlotte St., at end of Banks St., Cooktown, Queensland, Australia

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Published 07/21/2016


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