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Mary Gilbert : 04-October-2011
Mary Gilbert : 04-October-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The bronze sculpture commemorates Mary Gilbert, the first European woman to migrate to Victoria. Melbourne City Council commissioned the memorial for the 1975 International Women`s Year. 

Sculptor Ailsa O`Connor used her daughter as the model for the Mary Gilbert statue which is a bronze life-sized statue of a small woman to the hips.

Mary Gilbert was the first European woman to migrate to Victoria, the wife of a blacksmith in a small part who came to prepare the way for Fawkner`s settlement. In the 1830`s became the first European woman to give birth in the Port Phillip district.  Her first child was called John Melbourne Gilbert.



Address:Lansdowne Street & Wellington Parade, Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne, 3002
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.814085
Long: 144.97838
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Artist:Ailsa O`Connor


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1975
Front Inscription

Mary Gilbert 
First migrant woman settler 

Ailsa O`Connor 1974

Mary gave birth to a son. The first white child born in the Port Phillip settlement on 29 December 1835.

As servants of John Pascoe Fawkner, Mary and her husband, blacksmith James Gilbert, were in the original party of settlers who landed from the schooner Enterprize on 30 August 1835.  

Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au