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14-March-2016
14-March-2016

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A monument commemorates John Colquhoun, a former Mayor of Granville.

John Colquhoun (1856 – 1928) was a Granville Municipal Council aldermen from (1904-1908, 1911-1914, 1920-1928), during some of which he served as Mayor. Colquhoun recognised the importance of open space and as Mayor in 1926 he dedicated this park to the community for recreation.

The romance of the Colquhoun bag industry, which started in a humble way and became the largest of its kind in Australia, was recalled at the dedication of the John Colquhoun memorial at Granville on Saturday afternoon. Executed in Benedick stone, the monument stands in an attractive garden plot near the railway station. It was built by public subscription. Mr. John Colquhoun's name is a household word in Granville. He lived there about 35 years. He played a prominent part in public affairs, was an alderman for sixteen years and Mayor on four occasions, and was noted for his philanthropy.

At the dedication ceremony, the secretary of the Colquhoun Memorial Committee (Alderman Brophy), who presided, read apologies from Sir Charles Rosenthal (designer of the monument), Sir Joseph Cook (an old friend of Mr. Coquhoun), and Alderman W. S. Kay (president of the memorial committee). Dedicating the memorial, the Mayor (Alderman Fielding) paid a warm tribute to Mr. Colquhoun's work for the town. His record of public service was an honorable one. An example of his generosity was his gift of Colquhoun Park to the town. Even in retirement he continued to take a keen interest in local affairs.
The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate
(Parramatta, NSW), 5 September 1935.  

Location

Address:196 Blaxcell Street, Colqhoun Park, Granville, 2142
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.847981
Long: 151.008913
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Local
Monument Designer:Sir Charles Rosenthal

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 31st August, 1935
Front Inscription

To the memory of Alderman John Colquhoun

A worthy citizen and public benefactor

An Alderman of the Municipality of Granville for 18 years and 4 times Mayor

Born 18th October 1857
Died on 12 May 1929

This memorial erected by citizens of Granville

Source: MA
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