Jacques Leroy De St ArnaudPrint Page
Statue commemorates the French soldier of the Crimean War after which the town was named.
|Address:||Kings Avenue , St Arnaud, 3478|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -36.617556|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Maurice McGrath|
|Monument Manufacturer:||Coates & Wood|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 30th September, 2005|
Jacques Leroy De St Arnaud (b 1796 - d 1854) Marshal of France.
Marshal St Arnaud, although ill, commanded the French Army, combined with the British forces and a Turkish contingent against Russia during the Crimea War. In 1854, seven days after leading the victorious Battle of Alma, he was stricken with fever and died 3 days later in a vessel taking him home to France.
This was around the time of the New Bendigo gold rush when national spirit was running high. Records show that the Lands Department surveyed a site for a proposed village along the St Arnaud Creek in 1856, but it was ignored. It was clear that the residents of the goldfield had already decide on both the site and name of the future town. Thus St Arnaud came to be.
Unveiled by Mr. Peter Walsh M.L.A., 30.9.2005 Sculptor - Maurice McGrath Bronze Casting - Coates & Wood.