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The statue commemorates the Queensland Premier, Thomas Joseph Byrnes  (1860 - 1898). He is the only Premier honoured with two memorials. The other one is in Brisbane.

It was erected in 1902 by the citizens of Warwick and District to honour the former Premier of Queensland and MLA for Warwick, Thomas Joseph Byrnes, who died on 27 September 1898 at the age of 37.

He was the first Queensland-born Premier of the state, and had held office for only five months prior to his death.

His Excellency the Governor on Saturday unveiled the statue erected in Warwick in memory of the late Hon. T. J. Byrnes. The Minister for Railways, the Speaker, and a large number of members and visitors from Brisbane were present at the unveiling ceremony. The pedestal stands on concrete 2ft. thick, and is 12ft. high. This, with 7ft. 6in, the height of the statue, makes the whole monument 19ft. 6in. in height. The statue is in white marble and was carved in Italy.— "Courier"
Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld)
16 December 1902.


Address:Palmerin & Grafton Streets, Warwick, 4370
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.216111
Long: 152.0325
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Statue
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Designer:Mr C. C. Dornbusch (Architect), E. D. Andrews (Designer-Pedestal), Statue carved in Italy
Monument Manufacturer:Andrews Brothers (Sydney, NSW)


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1902
Front Inscription

Thomas Joseph Byrnes

M.L.A. for Warwick, 1896 to 1898

Left Side Inscription

Born Brisbane 1860


Back Inscription

Premier of Queensland


Right Side Inscription

Died 1898


Inscription in Proximity

Byrnes Monument

Designed by A. D. Andrews

First native-born Premier of Queensland

Died 1898 Aged 38

Carved from white veined Sicilian marble

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