Category Archives: Guessing Games

Captain Cook Statues, revisited

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So, yes the one on the top is the imposter. They erected the statue for the centennial in 1969, even though lots of people said it couldn’t be Captain Cook because the uniform was wrong. It turns out they were right. It is some random Italian guy and to this day they don’t know who he is. The twin of this statue (exact replica) is outside Dominion Breweries in Newmarket, Auckland (Mum thinks she’d passed it on Khyber Pass). Some guy from DB bought the statues, donated one to Gisborne for the centennial and kept one for DB. It was all a bit embarrassing but by the time they were certain, it was too late and now it’s become part of Gisborne ‘folklore’.