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18-May-2014
18-May-2014

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Russell Byers / John Huth

A statue commemorates the Queensland Premier and he is the only Premier honoured with two memorials. The other memorial is in Brisbane.

This monument was erected in 1902 by the citizens of Warwick and district to honour the former Premier of Queensland and MLA for Warwick, Thomas Joseph Byrnes, who died on 27 September 1898 at the age of 37.

He was the first Queensland-born Premier of this state, and had held office for only five months prior to his death.

His Excellency the Governor on Saturday unveiled the statue erected in Warwick in memory of the late Hon. T. J. Byrnes. 

The Minister for Railways, the Speaker, and a large number of members and visitors from Brisbane were present at the unveiling ceremony. The pedestal stands on concrete 2ft. thick, and is 12ft. high. This, with 7ft. 6in, the height of the statue, makes the whole monument 19ft. 6in. in height. The statue is in white marble and was carved in Italy.— "Courier"
Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld)
16 December 1902.

Location

Address:Palmerin & Grafton Streets, Warwick, 4370
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.216111
Long: 152.0325
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Monument Designer:E. D. Andrews Designer. Statue carved in Italy
Monument Manufacturer:Andrews Bros. (Sydney, NSW)
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1902
Front Inscription

THOMAS JOSEPH
      BYRNES

M.L.A. FOR WARWICK, 1896 to 1898

Left Side Inscription
BORN BRISBANE 1860
Back Inscription
PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND
1898
Right Side Inscription
DIED 1898
Inscription in Proximity
BYRNES MONUMENT

DESIGNED BY A.D.ANDREWS
FIRST NATIVE-BORN PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND
DIED 1898 AGED 38

Carved from white veined Sicilian marble
Source: MA,ADB
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