Monuments/ Statues in Melbourne

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Monuments & Statues in Melbourne

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  • lkamphuis
    Gold Coast, Australia1,284 contributions
    We hadn’t done this visit for many many years and we were staying nearby so did the tour A wow are we glad we did !!
    It’s so well done and truly respectful of our fallen soldiers and those who served
    Amazing views and definitely worth a visit
    Written 27 November 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    This quirky set of sculptures represent three men who founded Melbourne. Melbourne was never really a colony until 1851, when it separated from New South Wales. Melbourne's first settlers came from Tasmania, looking for land to graze their sheep. John Batman is the founder of Melbourne; he was a pioneer and businessman. Charles Swanston was a banker; and Robert Hoddle was a surveyor, who laid out "the Hoddle Grid." which forms the basis of the City to this day. The sculptures were a gift from the Republic of Nauru, to celebrate Melbourne's 150th anniversary. They stand at the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets.
    Written 16 June 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    (Sir) Redmond Barry (1813-1880) was a significant figure in the early history of the State of Victoria. Barry was Anglo-Irish and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. Unable to secure stable employment in Ireland, he emigrated to Australia, arriving in Melbourne in 1839. Barry founded the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria, among other civic endeavors. He is known for sentencing the outlaw Ned Kelly to hang. He acquitted all participants in the Eureka Rebellion.
    Written 2 December 2023
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  • JnVSydney
    Greater Sydney, Australia18,331 contributions
    A lovely small green space that packs a punch, with a fountain centre piece and the odd bronze statue.
    Written 16 July 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    Captain Matthew Flinders (1774-1814) was a British cartographer and navigator who was the first sailor to circumnavigate the Australian continent. He is also credited with naming the Great Southern Land as "Australia." The statue of Flinders is on the Swanston Street side of St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne. The statue is very impressive, showing a boat commanded by Flinders.
    Written 2 December 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    Ron Clark is one of Australia's most renowned distance runners. John Landy is remembered as one of the greatest middle-distance runners of all time. He was the second man to break the impenetrable four-minute mile. It was an age of great sporting achievements. This statue recalls the time when John Landy stopped to assist Ron Clark in 1956 at the Australian Championships, after Clark had fallen. The gesture, as commemorated in his fine statue, is recalled as a great act of sportsmanship. Landy later became Governor of the State of Victoria.
    Written 21 July 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop was an Australian soldier-surgeon and war hero. His statue is accorded universal respect. Serving as a prisoner of war on the infamous Thailand-Burma Railway, he won great respect for his courage. Weary became a renowned general surgeon in the post-World War II era. The statue is a faithful representation of a great man and respected leader.
    Written 19 April 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    Moonee Valley Racecourse has undergone some renovations to increase its public appeal. The old Tote building has been upgraded. Tote Park now has a fashionable bistro, which serves appetizing meals. There is also a playground, which is suitable for older children. Two champions of the turf are commemorated. There is a statue of champion mare Winx, now retired, and the great sprinter, Manikato.
    Written 2 November 2022
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    'Angel' is one of Melbourne's most striking sculptures. Fashioned by Deborah Halpern, it's located near the Yarra River, in the Birrarung Marr parklands. The Angel has two heads and three legs, it's worth spending time to speculate on this Angel's quixotic structure.
    Written 4 December 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    The larger statue shows a driver, with the paraphenalia for handling a team of horses. 'Wipers' shows an infantryman, ready for action. Wipers recalls the Battle of Ypres, where many thousands of Allied troops perished, holding the Germans at bay.
    Written 30 December 2021
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    The Public Purse is a piece of contemporary sculpture. It sits outside the former GPO, at the entrance to the city's main shopping street, Bourke St. The Public Purse represents money and power; it's the heart of Melbourne. The Public Purse is made of polished pink marble, with a stainless-steel clasp. The Public Purse dates from 1994; it was created by British artist Simon Perry. Some people inspect the Public Purse, some sit on it. It's a symbol of money and power.
    Written 24 May 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    Tom Wills (1835-1880) was a sportsman. He came from a family of rich Australian farmers He was descended from convicts. He attended Rugby School in England, where excelled at sports. He became the first Australian cricketer of international renown. Will is regarded as the founder of Australian rules football. On his return to Australia, he codified the rules of the infant game and became its first star. The Australian Football League (AFL) is Australia's most prominent sporting code; without Tom Wills it might be very different.
    Written 20 July 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    Chrles La Trobe was the first Superintendent of the Port Phillip District, which was to become the State of Victoria. La Trobe was unusual, because he did not have a military background. La Trobe was very civic-minded, and his contribution to Victoria is commemorated in the many institutions that are named after him. La Trobe's statue can be seen, with La Trobe in dress uniform, in the forecourt. of the State Library of Victoria.
    Written 20 April 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    The Cow Up a Tree is a highlight of the Docklands Precinct. The cow is stuck in a tree, and no-one knows what it's doing there. It looks like a dairy cow that was washed up in a flood. Either way, it's a noticeable feature of Docklands.
    Written 4 March 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,836 contributions
    Saint George is significant in popular legend for slaying a dragon which had been terrorizing the local villagers. St George, as far as is known, was a Christian soldier in the latter part of the Roman Empire. He was later adopted by the Crusaders as a warrior saint. This sculpture is full of vigor, it's easy to imagine Saint George dispatching the dragon. Saint George is the patron saint of England . This realistic bronze sculpture stands in the forecourt of the State Library of Victoria. It's an artistic highlight of the SLV.
    Written 17 December 2022
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