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Statue of the Reverend Hunter Joseph Goble. The cost of the full length statue was raised by public subscription and carved in white Carrara marble by an Italian sculptor using a photograph of Goble`s head and the son`s body. When the statue was delivered several people were visibly affected as the likeness was so excellent. The statue is mounted on a 8.5 ft pedestal of dressed Harcourt grey granite and decorated with red granite columns. The statue was unveiled by the Mayor of Footscray.
James Hunter Goble began his pastorate in Footscray in 1895. Because of his honesty, sincerity and affection as well as his stirring sermons, his services held in the Federal Hall, Footscray were attended by over 2000 people, many of them workers generally indifferent to religion.
He would not accept a stipend greater than the average workers wage, gave most of his money to the poor and visited them regularly on a special reinforced bicycle to support his 6ft 4in frame. When he died, 1000 children silently lined the roadside, ex-serviemen marched in fron to the hearse, and 168 cars follwoed the procession,while 2000 people gathered at the graveside.
|Address:||Geelong Road & Barkly Street, Median Strip, Footscray, 3011|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.798235|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1895|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1932|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 26th March, 1933|
Rev. Joseph Hunter Goble. Born 18 Feb.1862. Died 31 Jan 1932 Pastor Baptist Church 1895 -1932 A tribute of gratitude for a life of faithful service from the citizens of Footscray. "Well done, good and & faithful servant"