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Motuara Island, Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand

 

MOTUARA ISLAND, QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND, NEW ZEALAND

Cook Cairn

Description:
Cairn with plaque, situated on the highest point of the island.

History:
Unveiled 31st January 1920.

Inscription:
THIS CAIRN was erected by the Captain Cook Memorial
Committee to mark the spot at or near which on Wednesday, 31st
January 1770, the famous Circumnavigator, in the presence of the
Native Chief of the Island, raised the British Flag, took possession
of the mainland in the name of King George III, and named the
inlet Queen Charlotte Sound after the King’s Consort.
January 31, 1920.

GPS Coordinates:  -41.092390,  174.273967

References:
Cook’s Log, page 311, vol.7, no.4 (1984)
Robson, John, 2001. Captain Cook’s World. Chatham Publishing.  pg.1.19.

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