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26-December-2014
26-December-2014

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Statue commemorates Australian poet, Henry Lawson (1867 -1922). 

The statue was commissioned by the Henry Lawson Memorial And Literary Society and erected in February 1960. It was to be unveiled by Mrs. Bertha Jago, Henry Lawson's daughter, but she was unable to attend. Her letter of apology was published in the March 1960 edition of The Lawsonian. The memorial consists of two Harcourt grey granite steps, and 1.5 times life size bronze bust of Lawson on a pedestal.

The Henry Lawson Memorial & Literary Society Inc. was founded by Steve Ford JP (1868-1946) in 1923 when a gathering took place at Footscray Hill Park. In February each year near the statue, the gathering is a celebration of Henry Lawsons life with renditions of his works, performances by singers and other poetry and prose.

Henry Lawson (17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922) was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia's "greatest writer".He was the son of the poet, publisher and feminist Louisa Lawson.

 

Location

Address:Ballarat Road , Footscray Park, Footscray, 3011
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.794229
Long: 144.90295
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Arts
Monument Designer:Stanley Hammond

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 7th February, 1960
Front Inscription

HENRY LAWSON
1867-1922
AUSTRALIAN STORY WRITER AND POET
Erected By
The Henry Lawson Memorial & Literary Society.
Unveiled 7-2-1960

Plaque :

This Plaque Commemorates The Part
Played By Residents Of Footscray
In The Formation Of The Henry
Lawson Memorial & Literary Society.  
The Formal Transfer Of This
Monument From The Society To The
City & The Determination Of The
Council To Maintain It In This Park For Ever.

F. K. Shorten (Mayor)
B.J. Ward (town clerk)

7th February, 1982

Plaque :

"I Was Born To Write Of The Things That Are !
And The Strength Was Given To Me:
I Was Born To Strike At The Things That Mar
The World As The World Should Be !"
(From -The Writers Dream)

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