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Queen Victoria Memorial
Queen Victoria Memorial

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The Queen Victoria monument was unveiled on the 24th May (Empire Day) 1907, by Lieutenant Governor Sir John Madden.

Victoria was crowned Queen on 28 June 1838, when she was just 18 years of age. Lord Melbourne served as her first prime minister, educating her in politics and government. During her reign the British Empire reached its apogee, with vast colonies abroad and great industrial expansion and reforms at home. Notably, it was Victoria that changed the role of the monarchy to a symbolic one, the business of government being left to parliament.

News of the Queen’s death in 1901 saw a wave of public mourning throughout Australia. In Melbourne, a proposal for a memorial was raised with some urgency; Melbourne was thought to have been the only large city in the Empire without a statue honouring the monarch. More than £7000 was raised for the memorial through public subscription, and James White was to undertake the commission.

There was controversy over the conduct of the committee in selecting White and over his insistence that the marble be sculpted in Italy, rather than in Australia. But on Empire Day 1907 the memorial was unveiled on a raised mound near Linlithgow Avenue in the Queen Victoria Gardens. 

The marble monument shows Queen Victoria in ceremonial gowns, complete with orb and sceptre, depicts the history of her life in four statements: Birth 1819; Reign 1837-1901; Marriage 1840; Death 1901.


Address:St Kilda Road, Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.821856
Long: 144.972476
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Monument Designer:James White


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 24th May, 1907
Front Inscription

Victoria Dei Gratia reigned 1837-1901.

Erected by the people of Victoria in honour of

Her Most Gracious Majesty


She wrought her people lasting good.

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