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GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES REGISTER EXTRACT
18th November 2018
Reference:   8053
Placename:   Botany Bay
Designation:   Bay
Status:   Assigned 9th March 1973
Geographical Name:   Botany Bay
Previous Name:   Stingray Harbour
GNB File:   GNB983
LGA:   Randwick
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -33 59 00
Approx. AGD66 Long:   151 11 00
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -33 58 54
Approx. GDA94 Long:   151 11 04
Topographic Map:   Botany Bay
1:100000 Map:   Sydney 9130
Parish:   Botany
County:   Cumberland
Description:   A "fine capacious harbour" 13 km S of the City of Sydney the entrance is 14km S of the entrance to Port Jackson. Named by Captain Cook - originally "Stingray Bay" or "Stingrays Bay" , later "Botanist Bay" and finally "Botany Bay", because of the numerous plants found there by Sir Joseph Banks. (Sutherland Shire Council)
Origin:   When Captain Cook discovered Australia the bay was named Stingray Harbour, later changed to Botany Bay. Maritime Services Board, Port of Sydney, Vol9 No2 Sep 1965.
History:   First named Sting-Ray Harbour in 1770, by Capt Cook; Changed because of great quantity of plants - suggested by Mr Banks and Dr. Solander. P.3. (Information from The History of Botany 1788-1970)
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