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H R Maclean

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The monument commemorates local resident, Dr. H. R. Maclean, founder of the Williamstown Hospital and medical health officer for the municipality for more than 30 years. 

Erected by the citizens of Williamstown as a tribute to the memory of the late Dr. H. R. Maclean, a granite obelisk in the Lyons street reserve, Williamstown, was unveiled yesterday by the mayor of Williamstown (Councillor J. T. Gray), in the presence of about 5,000 people. The late Dr. Maclean, who was born in Williamstown, was the founder of the Williamstown Hospital, and for more than 30 years was medical health officer of the municipality. He served abroad with the A.I.F.  During the unveiling ceremony the flag on the clubhouse of the Williamstown branch of the Returned Soldiers' League, of which Dr. Maclean was a member, was flown half-mast. Tributes to the unselfish service and devotion of the late Dr. Maclean to the poor, the sick, and the afflicted were paid by the mayor, Colonel Sir Charles Merrett, who reviewed Dr. Maclean's life since 1870, when they were scholars together at the Williamstown Grammar School, and Mr. J. J. Liston, who acknowledged the tributes on behalf of Dr. Maclean's family. The obelisk was erected at a cost of £300, which was subscribed by citizens. It is surmounted by a pale-blue light, which will burn continuously. 
Argus (Melbourne),  27 May 1935. 


Address:Ferguson Street & Melbourne Road, Dennis Reserve, Williamstown, 3016
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.858775
Long: 144.894499
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1862
Approx. Event End Date:1934


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 26th August, 1935
Front Inscription

           Erected By
The Citizens Of Williamstown
As A Tribute To The Memory Of
H. R. Maclean M.B. et C.M. Ed.n
  Late AIF 1915 - 1918.
A Native Of This City.
His Life Was One Of Devotion
To The Poor, Sick And Afflicted
        1862 - 1934.

        Unveiled By
His Worship the Mayor Cr. J. T. Gary

Source: MA
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