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Sir Robert Helpmann : 02-December-2012
Sir Robert Helpmann : 02-December-2012

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Civic Centre & Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre was named after the late Australian dancer, actor, theatre director and choreographer who was born in Mount Gambier.


Address:Watson Terrace, Civic Centre, Mount Gambier, 5290
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.817992
Long: 140.781242
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Culture


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 13th April, 1984
Front Inscription

Plaque 1 :

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

The theatre was  officially named on 13th April, 1984 by Sir Robert Helpman who was born at Mount Gambier of 9th April, 1909

Plaque 2 :

An Ode to the Theatre

(Dedication of the Civic Centre Theatre, Mount Gambier May 14th, 1982)

There will be those who`re eager to cast doubt and sneer at public funding of arts

Who think that roads and sewers have more clout and prior claim on money, minds and hearts

But they ignore the lessons of the past for in thise towns and cities built to last

The common joys enriched the common earth 

The joys that artists bring to those who`d hear and see - in picture, statue, music, song, dance or drama - a bright mirror making clear new knowledge, what we are , where we belong.

So let this lovely theatre serve those ends and make of all its audience, all its friends. 

Don Dunstan

Civic Centre and Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre celebrating 25 years in 2007 

Unveiled by Hon John Hill MP Minister assisting the Premier in the Arts 11th May 2007

Source: MA
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