Memorial: M5436

Statue in the Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia depicting Admiral Arthur Phillip RN d. 1814

Location

Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia, Rest of the World

Transcript

'CAPTAIN ARTHUR PHILLIP RN / FIRST GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES / 1788-1892 / THIS MONUMENT WAS UNVEILED BY / THE RT. HON. VISCOUNT HAMDEN NINETEENTH GOVERNOR ON THE 27TH JUNE 1897 / THAT BEING THE DATE OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE COMPLETION OF THE / SIXTIETH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF / HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA'

Details

Description: A 5m bronze statue of Phillip stands on a marble pedestal and looks towards Sydney heads holding the British flag and a charter of government. The base has reclining bronze figures of Neptune, Cyclops, Commerce and Agriculture. The two mythical figures replaced a planned figure of a minor and a sailor, following a government suggestion that classical figures would be better received by the public. The whole is designed as a fountain. Between the reclining figures, water spouts in the form of ships' prows and paired dolphins pour into clam shell basins. These are separated by consoles with bronze plaques depicting Aboriginal people
Type: Statue
Materials: Marble, bronze
Date Erected: 1897
Artists: Achille Simonetti

Event

British colonization of Australia

People

Phillip, Arthur
Age: 75
Date of Death: 31/8/1814
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Fountain erected in celebration of Queen Victoria's Jubilee.
Bibliography: Michael Hedger 'Public Sculpture in Australia' (Roseville East, NSW, c.1995) p. 14.

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