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07-July-2017
07-July-2017

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A granite drinking fountain, featuring a portrait bust, commemorates G. H. Bennett (1850-1908) who was a councillor of the City of Richmond, and Lord Mayor from 1886 to 1887. He was also a Parliamentary representative for twenty years. 

George Henry Bennett lived at Richmond and was an enthusiastic promoter of local cricket, football and athletics clubs. Long-connected with friendly societies, he held high office in the United Ancient Order of Druids. In 1880 he became the youngest councillor in the colony when he was elected to the Richmond town council; as mayor in 1886-87, he helped to restore faith in an administration maligned because of financial mismanagement. In May 1889 he was elected with W.A. Trewith to the double-member seat of Richmond in the Legislative Assembly, and was undefeated in the next seven elections. 

The memorial to the late G.H. Bennett, of Richmond, will be unveiled tomorrow, at 3.45 p.m., by the State Governor, Sir. Thomas Glbson-Carmichael. The memorial is in the form of a handsome granite drinking fountain, 14ft. in height, surmounted by a bronze bust by the well-known sculptor, Mr James White. The bust bears a striking resemblance to the deceased gentleman. The granite pedestal was constructed by Messrs Corben and Sons, of Clifton Hill, and the work as a whole has a very imposing appearance. The whole of the work in connection with the memorial was performed in this State, and the material used was also Victorian. Inset in the front of the pedestal is a bronze tablet bearing the inscription:— This memorial was erected by friends of the late G.H. Bennett J. P. M.L.A., who was for many years a councillor of the City of Richmond. Mayor 1886-7 and representative in Parliament for twenty years. Panels on either side bear the lines: A tear for pity and a hand open as day for melting charity, and Formed on the good old plan, True and brave, and downright honest man." The back of the monument is embelished with the monogram of deceased in large bronze letters. The cost of the memorial, which was designed by Messrs Butler and Bradshaw, was L300 (sic), the whole of this amount having been contributed spontaneously by friends of the deceased gentleman. 
Herald (Melbourne), 16 March 1910.

 

Location

Address:Bridge Road, next to Richmond Town Hall, Richmond, 3121
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.818575
Long: 145.000351
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Local
Monument Designer:Messrs Butler & Bradshaw (designers), James Wright (bust)
Monument Manufacturer:Corben & Sons (Clifton Hill)
Link: http://adb.anu.edu.au/

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 17th March, 1910
Front Inscription

This Memorial Was Erected
By Friends Of The Late
C. H. BENNETT. J.P. M.L.A
Who Was For Many Years A 
Councillor Of The City Of
Richmond  Mayor 1886 - 7, And
Representative In Parlia -
Ment For Twenty Years.

Left Side Inscription
Formed On The
Good Old Plan,
A True & Brave
And Downright
Honest Man.
Right Side Inscription

A Tear For Pity
And A Hand
Open As Day
For Melting Charity

Source: MA, ADB
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