Cook's men felled a large number of the point's trees (almost an acre according to Hall-Jones who quotes Wales as saying that they cut down and destroyed "more trees and curious shrubs and plants that would in London have sold for one hundred pounds" (2)) to make a clear spot for an observatory.
Historian John Hall-Jones was engaged by the Hydrographic Office to provide notes on historical information, the Department of Conservation provided information on local fauna and so on.
I am indebted to Southland historian and author Dr John Hall-Jones OBE--who became a good friend of Monowai and her company during the surveys in Fiordland--for permission to quote from his books and to reproduce his original photographs.
Hall-Jones, John, 2002, The Fjords of Fiordland, Craig Printing Company, Invercargill.
Leading the group are Martin Downey, the former Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution of Denton Wilde Sapte - Asia, and David Hall-Jones, a leading lawyer in the field of litigation and international arbitration.
David Hall-Jones has worked in Hong Kong for over 15 years, including ten years with Denton Wilde Sapte, where he became a partner in 1995.