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King Edward VII
King Edward VII

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Memorial to King Edward VII, Queen Victoria’s successor. 

The eldest son of Queen Victoria, Edward was rebellious into his adulthood and the Queen showed her displeasure by denying him any governmental position. Despite his lack of experience, Edward successfully negotiated England’s conciliation with France, earning him the title of ‘the peacemaker’, and his social reforms made him popular among his subjects.

The desire to create a monument to Edward in Melbourne took hold immediately following his death in 1910. Mackennal was commissioned to undertake the work on a tender of £1867, but the statue eventually cost three times that price. The outbreak of World War One delayed the statue’s production, but casting in London commenced at the war’s end.


Address:St Kilda Road, Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.822666
Long: 144.970975
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Monument Designer:Sir Bertram Mackennal


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 21st July, 1920
Front Inscription

Edward VII 1901-1910

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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