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1934 : State Library of Victoria : H87.271 / 19
1934 : State Library of Victoria : H87.271 / 19

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Arthur Garland

The bust commemorates former Premier of Victoria (1918 to 1924) and Senator, Sir Harry S.W. Lawson for his services to the district and the State. 

Lawson was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Castlemaine as a Liberal in 1899, and represented the town for 28 years. He was President of the Board of Land and Works in the government of William Watt from 1913 to 1915, and Attorney-General in the government of Alexander Peacock from 1915 to 1917.

He remained loyal to Peacock when most country Liberal members supported John Bowser's rural faction, the Economy Party, and when Bowser's short-lived government ended in resignation in May 1918, Lawson succeeded him. Lawson proved to be the most successful Premier Victoria had seen to date, holding office for six continuous years.


Address:Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine, 3450
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.064406
Long: 144.216462
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Approx. Event Start Date:1918
Approx. Event End Date:1924
Artist:Paul Montford


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 25th October, 1930
Front Inscription

H. S. W.

Left Side Inscription

   Member Of The 
Legislative Assembly
  1899 - 1928

Right Side Inscription

Premier Of Victoria
1918 - 1924

Source: MA,VMR,ADB
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