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The move to establish a Shakespeare Memorial commenced in 1889 with the establishment of a citizens` committee which undertook to raise funds for the project. The memorial was intended to complement the statues of the Scottish and Irish "National poets," Robbie Burns and Tom Moore, in Sturt Street.

The present sculpture was commissioned from Hungarian-born Australian sculptor, Andor Meszaros, at a cost of £4000. At the time it was claimed that the large bronze statue was only the second Shakespeare Memorial to be erected in Australia, and that it was unusual in that it was the first cast in Australia - previously all such castings had had to be sent to England or Italy.


Address:Mair Street, Ballarat Civic Hall , Ballarat, 3350
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.559234
Long: 143.855893
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Andor Meszaros


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 17th November, 1960
Front Inscription

William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

Right Side Inscription

Erected by benefactions form Harry Pearson Stevens who settled here 1855 and other citizens

Unveiled by Arthur W. Nicholson J.P., Mayor. 17.11.1960

Source: MA
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