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Thomas Mort Statue : April 2014
Thomas Mort Statue : April 2014

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

Statue commemorates the pioneer of Australian resources, the first to make exports of perishable food possible by refrigeration and a founder of the Australian Mutual Provident Society. A red and white marble pedestal carries the statue with mottled grey cornices and mouldings which in turn sits on a trachyte plinth and finally a sandstone base. A bronze plaque on the pedestal describes the major achievements of Mort.

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort (1816-1878) was a merchant, shipbuilder, wool broker and pioneer of the technique of freezing meat for export. In 1875 Mort established the New South Wales Fresh Food and Ice Company, and the engineering concern became Goldsbrough, Mort & Co. in 1888. The first consignments of frozen meat were shipped from Australia in 1879, the year after Mort died.

 

Location

Address:Bridge Street, Macquarie Place Park , Sydney, 2000
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.863403
Long: 151.209764
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Industry
Monument Designer:P. F. Connelly
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 9th June, 1883
Front Inscription

          THOMAS SUTCLIFFE MORT
              BORN : ENGLAND, 1816.
             ARRIVED: AUSTRALIA, 1837.
             DIED: AUSTRALIA, 1878.

A Pioneer of Australian Resources, A Founder of Australian Industries, One Who Established Our Wool Market.
The First To Make Exports Of Perishable Food Possible By Refrigeration, And To Provide Docks For The Reception Of The World`s Shipping.
A Founder Of The Australian Mutual Provident Society.
And Foremost In Every Movement For The Care And Welfare Of His Fellow Citizens, Who In Gratitude Erected This Monument To His Memory

Source: MA, H, ADB
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