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The Ibero - American Plaza commemorates the contribution of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking people to the history of Australia. First conceived in 1986 as a Bicentennial project, the first statue presented to the Sydney City Council was that of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros delivered by Their Majesties the King of Spain Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia who made ​​a historic visit to Australia in June 1988.  Four monuments were unveiled in the Plaza on the 4th February 1989 and the site was remodelled and opened on the 7th September 2000. 

Located on Chalmers Street, Surry Hills, the Plaza Ibero Americana consists of two statues and 11 busts representing significant historical figures and Latin American national heroes. It features a series of busts donated by nations including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, the Philippines, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The list of statues and sculptures are: 
Miguel Grau Seminario :
Juana Azurduy de Padilla : Unveiled 1994-95
Sculptor : V Zapana (Bolivia)
General Don Bernardo O’Higgins : Unveiled 24th October 1989
Benito Juarez (Statue): Unveiled 4th February 1989:
Sculptor : Heriberto Juarez (Mexico)
General Jose de San Martin:  
Jose Marti : Unveiled October 1991
Dr Eugenio De Santa Cruz y Espejo : Unveiled 11th August 1990
Sculptor; Peter Oxerski
Pedro Fernandez de Quiros (Statue): Unveiled 17th June 1988
Prince Henry The Navigator: 
Antonio Narino:
Jose Artigas: Unveiled 4th February 1989 replaced in 2010
Simon Bolivar : Unveiled 4th February 1989
Dr Jose Protacio Rizal : Unveiled 1995

Further information about the sculptures can be found at www.cityartsydney.com.au 



Address:Chalmers Street, Surry Hills , 2010
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.884978
Long: 151.207008
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 4th February, 1989
Front Inscription


This site was founded on 4 February 1989
to commemorate the contribution of Spanish
and Portugese speaking people
             to Australia.
The Lord Mayor of Sydney, 
        Clr Frank Sartor, 
officially opened the new Ibero-American Plaza 
     on 7 September 2000. 


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au