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Sir Charles Lilley Memorial
Sir Charles Lilley Memorial

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The monument erected over the grave commemorates Sir Charles Lilley, who was a former Premier of Queensland. 

Sir Charles Lilley (27 August 1827 – 20 August 1897) was a Premier and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He had a significant influence on the form and spirit of state education in colonial Queensland which lasted well into the twentieth century. On 25 November 1868 Lilley became Premier of Queensland and served concurrently as Attorney-General, and then Colonial Secretary, for part of his premiership.

His most important work as Premier was the introduction of free education in January 1870. Queensland was the first of the Australian colonies to adopt this principle.


Address:Frederick Street, Portion 12 Section 15 Grave 15, Toowong Cemetery, Toowong, 4066
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.4775
Long: 152.984444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial


Front Inscription

In Memory of
The Honourable
Who Held The Offices Of 
Attorney General and Premier
And Who Was For Many Years
The Chief Justice Of The Colony Of 
He Was The Founder Of Free Education
In The Colony, And The Ardent Supporter
Of All That Contributed To Its Intellectual
And Political Progress.

Born at Newcastle-On-Tyne, 27th May,1830
Died in Brisbane, 20th August, 1897.

Ipse Abiit, Sed Facta Manent Posteris Profutura

Source: MA, ADB
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