Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Brighton-Le-Sands, First Fleet Bicentennial Monument

The Bicentennial Monument stands in Cook Park, on the foreshore of Botany Bay, in the southern suburb of Brighton-Le-Sands. Erected in 1988, it commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet in Botany Bay in 1788, the first Europeans settlers in Australia. The names of all those new arrivals are engraved on this monument flanked by a couple of old cannons.

33 comments:

  1. I will get down there just to read the list of names. Fascinating ...

    Any idea where the canon can from?

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  2. Sorry Julie, I don't know where the canons came from. There's a few information boards around there. I don't remember if it was mentioned on those but I imagine it would be.

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  3. Lovely photographs of this historical monument. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  4. It's nice to have a memorial like that. It looks like a beautiful day to enjoy it too.

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  5. Love the sky and water behind the monument. Must be a nice place to visit.

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  6. Nice shots, pity about the cannons, they somehow don't belong with their red brick pedestals. Whty are they pointing out to sea, if anything, they would have been ponting at the natives.

    My shots of the Murray are much closer to you than they are to me, my spring is nowhere as advanced as that yet.

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  7. Are those weapons still usable? Very adventurous look for a monument. You guys in Sidney sure got style!

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  8. wow! amazing place for summer, I love the monument beautiful..

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  9. What an unusual monument!! I hate to be picky, but the weapon things in your photo are cannon. Canons are sort of like bishops, only different. It is such an intriguing image though - a couple of old churchmen permanently stationed beside the statue of the ship! And you may certainly point out all the errors you can find on my blog!

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  10. Thanks for pointing that out, Judy. I've gone back and corrected that now. I appreciate the feedback.
    ellievellie, those cannons are purely ornamental. I don't think they will ever be used again.

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  11. Nice place. Love the canons. Have a great day.

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  12. Very nice - The monument, photos, & a beautiful day!

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  13. These are great. Love the work in the sails. That must be the shiniest canon ever!

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  14. Rather pleasant down there these days, not like it used to be. Interesting post.

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  15. These monuments can be quite meaningful and you captured it on a spectacular day~
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  16. That's quite an impressive monument!

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  17. Wow. There's actually a record of those first settlers? Fantastic!

    The monument looks great, especially against that beautiful blue sea and sky.

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  18. Beautiful surroundings, a nice place to set up a memorial.

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  19. It's a beautiful monument in a beautiful location!

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  20. Looks like a great place to visit. Great photos. I always enjoy visiting memorials like this.

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  21. This is awesome, if we had anything like this in Calif it would get destroyed. Your contrasts in this are perfect the blue sky and the grays and the bit of red I enjoyed this a lot!

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  22. Such a unique monument. I really like the detail. The sand and water are gorgeous!

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  23. what a fine monument. Nice to look at and interesting.

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