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Sir James Martin : 17-December-2014
Sir James Martin : 17-December-2014

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams / John Huth

The bronze relief sculpture and plaque commemorate Sir James Martin, who was three times Premier of New South Wales between 1863 and 1872, and Chief Justice of New South Wales 1873 to 1876 after whom Martin Place was named.

The plaque is mounted on a high pillar faced with marble with a bronze relief medallion portrait head of Martin sculpted by Thomas Woolner in 1854. 

Note: This memorial was replaced by a statue of Sir James Martin as a young boy in 2020. 


Address:Martin Place, Sydney, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.867838
Long: 151.211423
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial
Approx. Event Start Date:1863
Approx. Event End Date:1886
Artist:Thomas Woolner


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 7th September, 1977
Front Inscription

Martin Place Was Named
In Honour Of 
Sir James Martin Q.C. (1820 - 1886)
Three Times Premier Of 
New South Wales
Between 1863 - 1872
And Chief Justice Of 
New South Wales 1873 - 1886

Back Inscription

The Council of the City of Sydney

The Section Of Martin Place
Between Macquarie Street
And Phillip Street
Was Opened By
The Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor Of Sydney
Alderman Leo Port M. B. E.
On 7 September 1977

Martin Place Sub-Committee
Ald. Alan Bishop - Chairman
Ald. Andrew Briger A.M.
Ald. Peter Leney 
L. P. Carter    - Town Clerk
J. W. Lindsay - City Engineer
Clark Gazzard Pty. Ltd. - Architects


Source: H, ADB, MA
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