Memorial: M1090

Memorial near Cannon Street, City of London commemorating Admiral Arthur Phillip d. 1814

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Location

Garden, 25 Cannon Street, London, England

Transcript

'IN HONOUR OF ARTHUR PHILLIP R.N. / CITIZEN OF LONDON, / FOUNDER AND FIRST GOVERNOR OF AUSTRALIA, / BORN IN THE WARD OF BREAD STREET 11 OCT 1738. / ENTERED THE ROYAL NAVY 1755 AND DIED 31ST AUGUST 1814. / TO HIS INDOMITABLE COURAGE, PROPHETIC VISION, FORBEARANCE, / FAITH, INSPIRATION AND WISDOM WERE DUE THE SUCCESS OF THE / FIRST SETTLEMENT OF AUSTRALIA AT SYDNEY / ON SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY 1788. / THIS MEMORIAL ORIGINALLY ERECTED AT ST. MILDRED'S CHURCH / BREAD STREET AND UNVEILED BY HIS LATE ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE GEORGE . KG . GCVO . RN . ON THE 7TH DECEMBER 1932 / WAS PRESENTED BY THE LATE CHARLES CHEERS / BARON WAKEFIELD OF HYTHE . CBE . LLD / ALDERMAN OF THE WARD OF BREAD STREET, / LORD MAYOR OF LONDON 1915/16 TO THE CITIZENS OF LONDON / AND THE PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA AS AN ENDURING LINK BETWEEN / THE MOTHERLAND AND THE GREAT ISLAND CONTINENT OF AUSTRALIA. / THE CHURCH WAS DESTROYED BY ENEMY ACTION IN 1941 BUT THE / BRONZE BUST AND PLATES WERE SALVAGED FROM THE RUINS. / THIS RE-ERECTED MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED ON MAY 8TH 1968 BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE HONOURABLE SIR ALEXANDER DOWNER . KBE . / HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR AUSTRALIA AND REDEDICATED BY THE / RIGHT REVEREND FRANCIS EVERED LUNT BISHOP OF STEPNEY. / ALDERMAN OF BREAD STREET WARD, / H. MURRAY FOX . MA . / COMMON COUNCILMEN S.R. WALKER . CBE . DEPUTY / R. M. SIMONSON . MA, . LLB. / G.D. TRENTHAM, F.N. STEINER . MA . LLB / C. MCAULEY' [.east side panel] ' 'THE FOUNDING OF AUSTRALIA AT SYDNEY / ON SATURDAY 26 JAN 1788. / FIGURES IN ROWING BOAT LEAVING H.M.S. SUPPLY ARE CAPT. ARTHUR PHILLIP, R.N., LIEUT. P. GIDLEY KING R.N., / AND LIEUT. GEORGE JOHNSTON, MARINES A.D.C.' [west side panel] 'THE DISCOVERY AND FIXING OF THE SITE OF SYDNEY / ON WEDNESDAY, 23 JANUARY 1788. / READING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:- SURG. J. WHITE R.N., CAPT ARTHUR PHILLIP, R.N., FOUNDER. / LIEUT. GEORGE JOHNSTON, MARINES. A.D.C., CAPT. JOHN / HUNTER, R.N., AND CAPT. DAVID COLLINS, MARINES'

Details

Description: Bust of Admiral Arthur Phillip and two reliefs showing the landing in Australia now built into a small gabled structure.
Type: Memorial
Materials: Bronze, stone
Date Erected: 1932
Artists: Charles Leonard Hartwell, Sharon Keenan

Event Category

British colonization of Australia

People

Phillip, Arthur
Age:
Date of Death: 31/8/1814
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral,
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Part of a large bronze memorial originally erected in 1932. The Church was destroyed by enemy action in 1941 but the bronze bust was salvaged from the ruins. A reduced version of the memorial was re-erected on the east wall of Gateway House in 1968. One of the reliefs by W. Hamilton Buchan, has been replaced by a new panel by Sharon A.M. Keenan dated 1976. The bust is a fibreglass copy (the original is in the church of St Mary-le Bow, on a 1992 wall monument to Phillip). The memorial was redesigned and re-erected in 1999 following the demolition of Gateway House.
Bibliography: Philip Ward-Jackson 'Public Sculpture of the City of London (Liverpool, 2003) pp. 432-434

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