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Sir Charles La Trobe
Sir Charles La Trobe

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The sculpture commemorates Charles Joseph La Trobe, who Superintendent of the Port Phillip District and later became the first Lieutenant-Governor of the colony of Victoria.

Charles Joseph La Trobe, CB (1801 – 4 December 1875) was appointed in 1839 superintendent of the Port Phillip District and after the establishment in 1851 of the colony of Victoria (now a state of Australia), he became its first lieutenant- governor. 

La Trobe was a strong supporter of religious, cultural and educational institutions.During his time as superintendent and lieutenant-governor he oversaw the establishment of the Botanical Gardens, and provided leadership and support to the formation of entities such as the Mechanic`s Institute, the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Royal Philarmonic, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the University of Melbourne.


Address:Swanston & La Trobe Streets, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.809686
Long: 144.964345
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial
Artist:Peter Corlett (Melbourne, VIC)
Monument Manufacturer:Meridian Foundry


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 21st November, 2006
Front Inscription

La Trobe

Inscription in Proximity

Charles Joseph La Trobe CB
Superintendent, Port Phillip District of NSW 1939-1851
Lieutenant Governor of the colony of Victoria 1851-1854

Unveiled by Professor David de Kretser AC Governor of Victoria, 21 November, 2006

Fund Patron : W. Bruce Nixon
Donors : A.G.L. Shaw AO, Maria Myers, Rodney Davidson AO,OBE,
University of Melbourne, State Library of Victoria Foundation,
Dianne and John Drury, Members and friends of the
C.J. La Trobe Society INC.

Commissioned by the C.J. La Trobe Society INC
Sculptor : Peter Corlett
Cast : Meridian Foundry

Source: MA,LTS,ADB
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