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29-April-2019 (John Huth)
29-April-2019 (John Huth)

Photographs supplied by Jenny Campbell, Armidale Dumaresque Council / Graham McKay / John Huth

The column commemorates Federal and State politician, David Drummond (1890 - 1965).

He entered New South Wales state politics in 1920 as Member for Northern Tablelands. He was State member for Armidale (1927-49), State Minister for Education (1927-30, 1932-41). After the second world war Drummond entered Federal politics and became Member for New England in the Commonwealth Parliament (1949-63). In Armidale, Drummond was a leading citizen, and a director of the Armidale Newspaper Co. Ltd, Northern Newspapers Pty Ltd, and Television New England Ltd.

The Armidale Express faithfully echoed his ideas and publicized his achievements. He was a regular churchgoer and a committed Christian.

The column and the entrance pillars to the Apex Memorial Lookout were constructed as a single project.  The inscription on the column was suggested by a Mrs P.A Wright with the verse apparently a favourite of David Drummond . The author of the verse was unknown and further searches proved fruitless. Mrs Wright indicated that she would be willing to contribute towards the cost of the verse which was three shillings a letter. The phrase on the plaque which was placed at the base of the column was suggested by Judith Wright the poet. 

The unknown verse given by Drummond does appear to be based on a quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878 – 1969) in his book “The Meaning of Faith”, published in 1918, which on page 194 states ;

Dreamer of dreams? We take the taunt with gladness,
Knowing that God beyond the years you see,
Has wrought the dreams that count with you for madness
Into the texture of the world to be!

Drummond made it his own with the changes as they appear on the plaque on the monument

Dreamer of dreams? we take the taunt with gladness
Knowing that God beyond the world we see
Has woven that which counts with men as madness
Into the fabric of the years to be !

Information regarding the verse was provided by Graham MacKay Ph.D. 2015



Address:Jeffrey Street, Apex Lookout, Drummond Park , Armidale, 2350
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.504787
Long: 151.665151
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal
Designer:Tony Deakin ( Magoffin & Son-architects)
Monument Manufacturer:Calcott`s Monumental Works (panels)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 6th August, 1966
Front Inscription

Dreamer of dreams ! We take the taunt with gladness,
Knowing that God, beyond the world we see,
Has woven that which counts with men as madness
Into the fabric of the years to be !

Plaque : 

David Henry Drummond 1890 - 1965

M.L.A. Northern Tablelands 1920 - 27
M.L.A. Armidale 1927 - 49
Minister for Education 1927 - 30
M.P. New England 1949 - 63

"In serving knowledge he served man"


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