Story: Memorials and monuments

Memorials to Captain Cook

This map shows most of the memorials to James Cook in New Zealand. Click on the text to see images. Despite Cook's importance for New Zealanders, it was not until 1906 that the first memorial to him was erected – at his landing place in Gisborne. There were only three others until after the Second World War (at Ship Cove, Motuara Island and Christchurch). However, the establishment of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and the bicentennial of Cook's first voyage increased the interest in commemorating his landing places, and a number of memorials were built in the second half of the 20th century and the early 2000s.

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Jock Phillips, 'Memorials and monuments - Civilian memorials, 1900–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 September 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 26 Mar 2015