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04-January-2015

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A statue commemorates Governor Lachlan Macquarie's part in founding and shaping Sydney.

Lachlan Macquarie was a British military officer and colonial administrator. He served as the last autocratic Governor of New South Wales, Australia from 1810 to 1821 and had a leading role in the social, economic and architectural development of the colony.

He is considered by some historians to have had a crucial influence on the transition of New South Wales from a penal colony to a free settlement and therefore to have played a major role in the shaping of Australian society in the early nineteenth century. An inscription on his tomb in Scotland describes him as "The Father of Australia".

Location

Address:Macquarie Street, Hyde Park North, Sydney, 2000
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.869981
Long: 151.212045
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial
Monument Designer:Terrance Plowright

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 31st January, 2013
Front Inscription

       MAJOR GENERAL
    LACHLAN MACQUARIE
GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES
             1810 - 1821

Back Inscription

BORN ULVA 1762

DIED LONDON 1824

      MMXII

Inscription in Proximity

GOVERNOR LACHLAN MACQUARIE

He was a perfect gentleman, a Christian and supreme legislator of the human heart.  His government was more ratified by his own merits than by his official insignia and whenever the sculptor shall imagine a guardian angel for New South Wales and Van Dieman`s Land.  The chisel of gratitude shall portray the beloved and majestic features of General Macquarie.

This Statue Was Commissioned By The N.S.W. Government And Unveiled By Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO Governor Of N.S.W.
On 31 January 2013

Source: MA
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