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William Wallace
William Wallace

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Part of the Thomson Bequest which also provided the Statuary Pavillion, it also provided sufficient funds for the statue of Sir William `Braveheart` Wallace, the Scottish hero of the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. This was chosen as a tribute to Thomson`s birthplace.

James Russell Thomson was a Scottish miner who arrived on the diggings in 1852 and made his fortune from goldmining. At his death in 1886 he left 3000 pounds for statues at the Gardens.


Address:Wendouree Parade, Botanical Gardens, Ballarat, 3350
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.547074
Long: 143.822138
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
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Monument Designer:Percival Ball (Melbourne, VIC)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 24th May, 1889
Front Inscription


Bequeathed to the public of Ballarat by the late James Russell Thomson. Unveiled 24th May 1889.

"Oh thou ! who poured the patriotic tide that streamed through Wallaces undaunted heart. Who dared to nobly stem tyrannic pride, or nobly die, the second glorious part. (The Patriot's God, peculiarly thou art. His friend, inspirer, guardian and reward !) Oh never, never, Scotia's realm desert ; but still the patriot, and the patriot bard. In bright succession raise, her ornament and guard !" (Burns)

Source: MA
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