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The Cook bicentenary parade in Gisborne, 1969 (2nd of 2)

The Cook bicentenary parade in Gisborne, 1969

In 1969 Gisborne made certain that the 200th anniversary of British explorer James Cook's first landing in New Zealand was fully observed. The commemorations took place over a week beginning on 9 October, the day recorded in Cook's journal of his landing, although in civil time (as distinct from ship's time) it was actually 8 October. During the commemorations ships of five navies (British, Australian, Canadian, United States and New Zealand) visited, and Vampire jets flew past. There was a civic welcome at Endeavour Park, and a highly popular parade through the centre of Gisborne, shown here. It included this giant representation of Cook's head, with a model of the Endeavour behind. Later there were fireworks and a religious service.

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Reference: Gisborne Photo News, 5 November 1969, p. 2

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Jock Phillips, 'Anniversaries - Provincialism in anniversaries, 1890 to 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 20 Jun 2012