Midshipman Isaac Smith Memorial
Kurnell, NSW, Australia

The Midshipman Isaac Smith Memorial located in Botany Bay. Isaac Smith (1752-1831), crew member of the HM Barque Endeavour under command of James Cook, who was the first Englishman to set foot on eastern Australia when he landed on the shores of Botany Bay on 29 April 1770. Smith later rose to the rank of Rear Admiral within the Royal Navy. This memorial is situated on a rocky outcrop on the eastern shore of Botany Bay at present day Kurnell.  It is only accessible at low tide. The Captain James Cook Memorial is seen in the background.

Another view of the memorial.

Close-up of the memorial. It reads; According to tradition in the Cook family Midshipman Isaac Smith cousin of the wife of Captain James Cook afterwards an Admiral of the British Fleet was the first Englishman to land on this rock and on the shores of New South Wales April 29, 1770.

The memorial seen at high tide.
(All photos and text courtesy of Peter F. Williams)
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Page published May 6, 2012