Bicentenary of James Cook in Australia

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A monument to Cook's landing at Botany Bay.

The Bicentenary of James Cook in Australia was commemorated in Australia in 1970. The British explorer Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook sailed and charted the East Coast of Australia in 1770, and claimed the Eastern Seabord of the Continent for the British Crown. This is not considered the official bicentenary of Australia, but rather the mapping of the Eastern coastline.

Commemorations were held in Australia in 1970. A commemorative 50 cent piece was issued.[1] The name of the place on which he is believed to have made first landfall was renamed from Cape Everard back to the name Cook had given it, Point Hicks.[citation needed]

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