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Benjamin Cowderoy : 14-June-2013
Benjamin Cowderoy : 14-June-2013
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The plaque at the grave commemorates Benjamin Cowderoy (1812 - 1904) , first mayor of the Municipal Council of St Kilda. 

Cowderoy designed St Kilda Council`s crest, selected its motto and his portrait is the first in the long line of mayoral paintings hanging in a corridor of the Town Hall. Cowderoy was the most persistent advocate of a customs union in Australia during the 1880`s. As secretary of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, Cowderoy fought relentlessly and determinedly for this goal.

He negotiated with chambers in the other colonies, organised conferences and lobbied governments. Ultimately he was unsuccessful. The merchants from around Australia could not reach agreement on their common interests. In the end it was not the practical men of business but the "poets, politicians and patriots" that succeeded in achieving union through the means of federation.


Address:Dandenong Road & Hotham Street, St Kilda Cemetery, Church of England Compartment A Grave 321A, St Kilda East, 3183
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.859545
Long: 145.002672
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 18th March, 2001
Front Inscription

This plaque was donated by the Port Phillip City Council

In recognition of Benjamin T. Cowderoy

The first Mayor of the Municipal Council of St Kilda

Born Reading England 22 January 1812
Died Notting Hill Victoria 1 October 1904 Aged 93 years

Also at rest

Martha Emma
Eldest daughter
Died 15 October 1907 Aged 75 years

Ellen Jane
Died 24 December 1946 Aged 80 years

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