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A sculptured head commemorates politician, explorer and first Australian to receive a British peerage.

Sir John Forrest was born in 1847 at his father`s wind-driven flour mill at Mill Point, at the mouth of the Preston river, 7 kilometres from Bunbury. He spent 18 years in state politics, all in executive office, then 18 years in federal politics, almost half as a cabinet minister. First MLA for Bunbury, first Premier of WA, five times Federal Treasurer and, for a time, Forrest was acting Prime Minister. In 1918 he was created Baron Forrest of Bunbury, the first Australian to be raised to the British peerage. Aged 71, he died that year at sea and is buried in Karrakatta cemetery.


Address:Victoria & Stephen Streets, Bunbury, 6230
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.326111
Long: 115.636667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Monument Designer:Mark Lebuse


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1979
Source: MA
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