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25-April-2018
25-April-2018

Photographs supplied by Heather Stevens

The statue of "Billy" the dog was a gift to the people of Mosman as a reminder of the reliance of animals on man and the debt mankind owes to animals.  When he died dog lovers decided to perpetuate his memory.

Billy went on the daily rounds with his master, a Mosman Council Street sweeper, between 1959 and 1978.

An additional plaque was added to the memorial at a later date to commemorate Cliff "Inky " Williams, the owner of Billy who died in 2004. 



 

Location

Address:The Esplanade, Hunters Park, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, 2088
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.823375
Long: 151.251513
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Animals
Approx. Event Start Date:1959
Approx. Event End Date:1978
Designer:Dennis Adams

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 6th September, 1980
Left Side Inscription
BILLY
Back Inscription

     BILLY
1959 - 1978
For 17 Years, Billy Was A Familiar
Figure In Mosman As He Went On The
Daily Rounds Beside His Master, A 
Street Sweeper With Mosman Council.
       When He Died, Dog Lovers Decided To
Perpetuate His Memory.
This Statue Is A Gift To The People Of
Mosman As A Reminder Of The Reliance
Of Animals On Man And The Debt Mankind
Owes To Animals.

Plaque :

CLIFF "INKY" WILLIAMS
1922 - 2004

A Lifetime Mosman Resident, Inky Worked For
Mosman Council For Nearly 30 Years As A Manual
Street Sweeper And Was Billy`s Master.
      After Service With The 2 / 33 Infantry
Battalion In World War II Inky Made A Substantial
Contribution To Community Life In Mosman.

 

Right Side Inscription

                BILLY
           1959 - 1978
UNVEILED BY THE MAYOR
        OF MOSMAN
ALDERMAN B. S. J. O`KEEFE Q.C.
SEPTEMBER 6, 1980

Billy Memorial     Sculptor 
Committee      Dennis Adams

Source: MA,H
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