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The sculpture commemorates the first Prime Minister of Australia, Edmund Barton.

Sir Edmund Barton, GCMG KC (1849 - 1920) was an Australian politician and judge. He served as the first Prime Minister of Australia and became a founding justice of the High Court of Australia. For twelve years Barton gave all his energy to the cause of Federation and in 1897-98 rose to the heights of oratory with dedicated leadership and sustained hard work.

As Prime Minister he played an important part in setting up the Commonwealth administrative machine and in making Federation a reality. Barton resigned as Prime Minister in 1903 to become a judge of the High Court of Australia, serving for 17 years until his death in 1920.


Address:Kings Avenue & Macquarie Street, Edmund Barton Building, Barton, 2600
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.304576
Long: 149.134388
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal
Artist:Marc Clark


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 11th July, 1983
Front Inscription

The Right Honourable Sir Edmund Barton, P.C., G.C.M.G., K.C.
( 1849 - 1920 )

First Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia
1901 - 1903

This memorial was unveiled by the Hon. R. J. L. Hawke, A.C., M.P.  Prime Minister of Australia on 11th July 1983

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