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March-2003
March-2003

Photographs supplied by Ian Bevege

A monument commemorates Charles Harpur who was born in Windsor, New South Wales in 1813, and is regarded as an important colonial poet. His works are a celebration of the Australian landscape and provide important insights into contemporary attitudes towards national identity, Aborigines, women, education, religion, and love. 

In 1858 he was appointed Gold Commissioner for Araluen and Braidwood. He bought a farm of 500 acres at Eurobodalla and commuted. His appointment as Gold Commissioner coming to an end in 1866, Harpur returned to Eurobodalla full-time and tried his hand at farming again. He was hard-pressed for money and disastrous floods made matters worse. In 1867 his son was killed. This was a terrible shock to him, one from which he did not recover. In June 1868, Charles Harpur died, leaving his widow and remaining children an unemcumbered farm, a well-furnished home and no debts. He was buried on the `Euroma` property next to his son.

Location

Address:Nerrigundah Mountain & Eurobodalla Roads, Eurobodalla, 2545
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.139093
Long: 149.981052
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Arts
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1988
Front Inscription

Australia
1788 -1988

Charles Harpur
1813-1868
Australia’s first native born poet

‘With her green forest round me, above her blue sky,
I lap in thy measures some national dream
And I find that our songs, though un studies, are high,
When the glory of Future Australia’s the theme...’
                         from ‘To the Lyre of Australia’

[Plaque 2]
Australia
1788-1988


Charles Harpur
Grave Restoration

A Project funded by
the Local Government Bicentennial
Initiatives Grants Program.

Source: MA, ACPH, ADB
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