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An obelisk over the grave commemorates Ben Chifley, former Australian Prime Minister.
Ben Chifley, the son of a blacksmith and the prime minister of Australia from 1945 to 1949, was born at Bathurst in 1885 and maintained his connections with the city until the end of his life. He joined the New South Wales railways at 17 and, at 26, became the youngest locomotive driver in the state. Chifley became a union representative in 1913 but was demoted to cleaner due to his involvement in the Great Strike of 1917.
He entered parliament as the member for Macquarie (the local seat) in 1928 and became the treasurer and minister for postwar reconstruction in Curtin`s government. When Curtin died in the last month of World War Two Chifley became prime minister. From 1949 until his death in 1951 he was leader of the opposition. He was interred at Bathurst.
Every State of the Commonwealth was represented at Bathurst (N.S.W.) on June 15, when two thousand people witnessed the unveiling of a grey marble and granite monument over the grave of the late Prime Minister J. B. Chifley, by the Leader of the Federal Labor Party, Dr. H. V. Evatt.
The monument is 12ft. high and of simple monolithic design with three grey marble tiers mounted on a stone base. The centre tier bears a quotation from Mr. Chifley's last public speech reading: " If an idea is worth fighting for, no matter what the penalty, fight for the right, and truth and justice will prevail."
Excerpt from Worker (Brisbane), 23 June 1952.
|Address:||Mitchell Highway & Dean Street, Bathurst Cemetery, Bathurst, 2795|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.413309|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Sub-Theme:||Government - Federal|
|Actual Event STart Date:||13-July-1945|
|Actual Event End Date:||10-December-1949|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 15th June, 1952|
Chifley MHR PC
Of The Commonwealth
July 1945 - Dec 1949.
Beloved Husband Of
Aged 65 years.
Resquiescat At Pace
"If an idea is worth fighting for,
no matter the penalty, fight for
the right, and truth and justice
J. B. C. 10/6/1951
Erected By The Federal Executive
Of The A.L.P. And The A.C.T.U.
On Behalf Of The Labour Movement