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Commemorates Percy Gerald Stewart M.L.A for Swan Hill 1917-19 and MHR for Wimmera 1919-1931.
`One of the few genuinely radical leaders of the early Country Party`, the thin and lanky Stewart was an ascetic individualist who set great store by his principles. Convinced that the V.F.U. could best serve farmers by remaining independent from other parties, after 1918 he sat next to the Labor opposition and frequently voted with them.
Stewart`s intransigence, combined with his electoral popularity, created a problem for his own party which was then canvassing coalition with the Nationalists. In October 1919, however, he resigned and won the Federal seat of Wimmera which he was to hold until his death. One of five original members of the Federal parliamentary Country Party, Stewart was also one of the three managers appointed to look after its interests.
|Address:||Calder Highway & Indi Avenue, Red Cliffs, 3496|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.307121|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Sub-Theme:||Government - State|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 12th August, 1937|
Erected by friends and admirers in honour of the memory of a great Australian who devoted his life to the service of fellow producers and furthering the ideals of Australian nationhood
The Hon. Percy Gerald Stewart
State Member for Swan Hill 1917-1919
Federal member for Wimmera from 1919 to the time of his death
Minister for Commonwealth Works and Railways 1923 - 1925
Fearless in public service
In sincerity unexcelled
Born 1885 - died 1931
This memorial was unveiled by the Rt. Hon. W. M. Hughes K.C.M.P. Minister for Health and Repatriation on the 12th day of August 1937