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Sir John Franklin
Sir John Franklin

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The statue commemorates Sir John Franklin, Lieutenant Governor of Van Dieman's land.

Sir John Franklin was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen`s Land in 1837. During the politically turbulent years of his office (1837-1843) he strove to promote the development of cultural pursuits in a colony of brutalised convicts and Aborigines, and free settlers. Sir John established a State education system, founded the Tasmanian Natural History Society (which became the first scientific Royal Society to be established outside Britain) and subsidised the Tasmanian Journal of Natural History. During his period in office, Tasmania became the intellectual hub of the Australian colonies. Before his Tasmanian appointment he had conducted two significant polar explorations, and he later lost his life on the greatest of his expeditions (1845-1847) in which he discovered the North West Passage.

The statue intended to commemorate the governership of Tasmania by the great Arctic navigator, Sir John Franklin, was raised to its destined position on the pedestal erected for that purpose in Franklin Square on the 22nd ult., but will not be formally inaugarated for some considerable time to come, probably, indeed, not until after the commencement of  the next session of parliament.
The Mercury (Hobart), 23rd March 1865.



Address:Macquarie & Elizabeth Streets, Franklin Square, Hobart, 7000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.883636
Long: 147.330759
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1865
Source: MA, ADB
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