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George Essex Evans Monument
George Essex Evans Monument

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Monument to poet George Essex Evans.

Evans was born in London in 1863, emigrated to Australia in 1881 working initially as a farmer and later as a teacher, journalist and Toowoomba`s Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages. He contributed articles to numerous journals and newspapers, particularly The Queenslander, for which he wrote as `Christophus`. Two of his books of verse were published, in 1891 and 1897. In 1901 he won the Commonwealth Poetry award for his " Ode for Commonwealth Day."
 

Some finality has been reached respecting the Essex Evans Memorial, which it is proposed to erect in Toowoomba, The design has been accepted by the Toowoomba committee, and the work is to be carried out by Mr. Bruce, monumental mason, Toowoomba. The total cost is to be £106/10. The monument will be erected in Webb Park, Toowoomba, on the Main Range, overlooking the deceased's late home on Toll Bar road.
Cairns Post (Qld), 30 September 1912.

Location

Address:Dudley Street, Webb Park, Toowoomba, 4350
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.558232
Long: 151.977518
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Arts
Monument Designer:Mr Bruce (Toowoomba)

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:Circa 1912
Front Inscription
              1863

GEORGE ESSEX EVANS

           1909. 

Plaque 1 : 

HE KNOWS NOT LIFE WHO HATH NOT FELT THE BREATH
NOR GAZED ONCE IN THE MOCKING EYES OF DEATH,
THE PUREST SPRINGS, THE WATERS WITHOUT STAIN,
WELL UPWARD FROM THE BURNING HEART OF PAIN. 


Plaque 2 : 

BEFORE I SAW IN PUREST AIR AFAR
A GREAT LIGHT DAWN AND WIDEN AND INCREASE
WITH WHITE FLAME CRESTED LIKE A PERFECT STAR.
ABOVE THE SWORD OF PAIN - THE CROWN OF PEACE !
                                            "The Sword of Pain" 






 
Left Side Inscription

WHAT THOUGH WE DIE FORGOT AND SAD
FOR THE SONG UNSUNG!
FRESH FROM HER THOUSAND DEATHS,
EVER WORLD IS YOUNG.
                               "The Dream Star."

Right Side Inscription
              SING THOU OF TRUTH!
THAT WHICH ALONE CAN STAND WHEN ALL IS SIFTED
THAT WHICH HUMANITY IN PAIN AND TEARS
HAS SOUGHT WITH PATIENT TOIL THROUGH MYRIAD YEARS
TILL THOU SHALT SEE WITH RADIANT FACE UPLIFTED
                   ETERNAL TRUTH
                                      " The Song of Life." 

 
Source: NRUM, MA
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