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The monument commemorates Percy Gerald Stewart M.L.A for Swan Hill 1917-19 and MHR for Wimmera 1919-1931.

Percy Gerald Stewart (1885 – 1931) was an Australian politician. He was an original member of the Victorian Farmers` Union (V.F.U.) and long a radical campaigner for farming interests. 

One of the few genuinely radical leaders of the early Country Party, the thin and lanky Stewart was an ascetic individualist who set great store by his principles. Convinced that the V.F.U. could best serve farmers by remaining independent from other parties, after 1918 he sat next to the Labor opposition and frequently voted with them.

Stewart`s intransigence, combined with his electoral popularity, created a problem for his own party which was then canvassing coalition with the Nationalists. In October 1919, however, he resigned and won the Federal seat of Wimmera which he was to hold until his death. One of five original members of the Federal parliamentary Country Party, Stewart was also one of the three managers appointed to look after its interests.


Address:Calder Highway & Indi Avenue, Red Cliffs, 3496
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.307121
Long: 142.186665
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 12th August, 1937
Front Inscription

Erected By Friends And Admirers
In Honour Of The Memory
Of A Great Australian Who Devoted His Life
To The Service Of Fellow Producers
And Furthering The Ideals Of
Australian Nationhood

The Hon.

State Member For Swan Hill
Federal Member For Wimmera
From 1919
To The Time Of His Death

Minister For Commonwealth
Works And Railways 1923 - 1925

Fearless In Public Service

In Sincerity Unexcelled
Born 1885 - Died 1931

This Memorial Was Unveiled By
The Rt. Hon. W. M. Hughes K.C.M.P.  
Minister For Health And Repatriation
 On The 12th Day Of August 1937

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