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Captain George Ward Cole : 06-October-2012
Captain George Ward Cole : 06-October-2012

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The sculpture commemorates the 150th anniversary of the settlement of St Leonards and acknowledges Captain George Ward Cole who laid the foundations for St Leonard's early growth. 

The development of St Leonards began as a source of firewood for Melbourne by George Ward Cole in 1855. To further this endeavour he required the building of a pier and the town consisted of a hotel, store and six houses in 1858. The Post Office opened on 19 March 1860. St Leonards State School No. 866 opened in October 1874.


Address:Murradoc & Bluff Roads, St Leonards, 3223
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.170861
Long: 144.718494
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1857
Approx. Event End Date:2007
Artist:Phillip Doggett-Williams


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 3rd November, 2007
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Cole's Journey (2007) by Phillip Doggett-Williams

Corten steel, cement and stainless steel
Commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong

Cole`s Journey was unveiled on 3 November 2007 by Cr Jan Farrell to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of St Leonards.

Cole`s Journey celebrates Captain George Ward Cole and the St Leonards community.

The artwork acknowledges Cole as an heroic figure and a man of his time who laid the foundations for St Leonards` early growth.  The symbolic elements of the artwork - the Sea, Leaf , Ship and Creative Spirit - recognise the unique natural environment, indigenous heritage and the community`s many journeys, experiences and aspirations.

City of Greater Geelong


Source: MA
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