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Robert Burns : when located in Botanic Gardens
Robert Burns : when located in Botanic Gardens

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Graeme Saunders

A statue commemorates Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796).    It portrays Robert Burns with his dog, and is the only one to have been based exclusively on the earliest known portrait of Burns, painted from life, by artist Peter Taylor around 1786.  It was donated to Camperdown by W. A. Taylor of "Denny Hill" and is the oldest sculpture of Robert Burns in the world.

The statue, commissioned in 1830, was displayed in London in 1859 by William Taylor at the Crystal Palace Exhibition and was inherited by his son, William Andrew Taylor, a settler in the Western District of Victoria.  He gifted the statue to Camperdown in 1883 and it was erected in the Botanic Gardens.  William Taylor's property, located on the outskirts of Camperdown, is named Rennyhill, after his mother's birthplace at Kilrenny, Fife, Scotland. 

In June 2009, the statue was attacked by vandals chipping the stone hat and breaking the legs of Burns' dog, Luath.

The statue was restored and in January 2012, moved indoors to the Camperdown Civic Centre from its original location in the Botanic Gardens to safeguard it from further vandalism.

In July 2015, a plaque commissioned by the Scottish Government was unveiled during the Robert Burns Festival and bears the inscription ‘A Scottish poet, a Scottish painter, a Scottish sculptor, a Scottish settler, a Camperdown story, A World Heritage Treasure’ followed by a brief history of the statue.

 

Location

Address:181 Manifold Street, Camperdown Civic Centre, Camperdown, 3260
State:VIC
Area:Foreign
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.232446
Long: 143.146289
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Foreigners
Monument Designer:John Greenshields

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1883
Front Inscription

Burns.

From an original painting, by his friend, Peter Taylor, Edinburgh, 1786.

By John Greenshields, sculptor, Edinburgh, 1830.

Presented to the public park by W.A. Taylor, Esq. J.P. Rennyhill, Camperdown, 1883

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