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Statue of Sir John Robertson. j
(See Illustration on this page.) J
Tho ceremony of unveiling a life-sized bronze
statue of tho late Sir John Robertson, which j has boen subscribed to and erectod by the j friends and admirers of the deceased patriot and statesman close to tho Macquarie-streot en trance to tho Botanic Gardons, took place on Saturday In the presence of several thousand spectators. The memorial was executed by Mr. Jas. "White nt his Annandale studio, the trachyte
pedestal upon which it stands having boen sup- I plied by Messrs. Loveridge and Hudson. It bears j the inscription, "Sir John Robertson, K.C.M.G., j Patriot, Statesman, Prime Minister of New | South Wales. 1817-1891." In addition to tho sta- jj tue, the committeo of the fund had erected over |
the grave of the departed one a trachyte me moria:, which was entirely carried out by Mes srs. Lovorldge and Hudson. Both the statue and memorial at Watson's Bay were designed by Mr. J. Horbury Hunt, who personally super vised the carrying out of both memorials. His Excellency Sir Harry Rawson presided over a distinguished and representative gathering, which Included Mr. J. H. Want, K.C., Mr. J. P. Burns, and Mr. S. P. M. Sheedy, chairman aud secretary of the committee, the Lord Mayor (Al derman S. E. Lees), Mr. John Hughes, Vice Presidont of the Executive Council, Sir James Graham, Sir Arthur Renwiclc, Slr Normand Maclaurin, Sir Francis Suttor, Messrs. Thrower, Donald Macdonnell, and Nobbs, Ms.L.A., A. J. Riley, and several members of tho c.-mmlttee. Apologies for non-attendance wore read from tho State Promlor and Colonial Treasurer, Mr. G. H. Reid, the Federal Prime Ministor, His Ex cellency Vice-Admiral A. D. Fanshawo, Briga dier-General Finn, and Mr. Thomas Waddell,
After a fow remarks by the chairman of tho committee, His Excellency addressed the gath ering. Ho expressed the pleasure he felt at be ing presont, nnd said ho thought the people of tho present generation should be proud of tho&o groat men who bad helped to build up this great State. There were many who had assisted in this glorious work, and tho late Slr John Robert son was amongst the foremost. lt was, there fore, only right that they should perpetuate his memory in tho way they had dono.
His Excellency thou called upon Mrs. F. R. Wilshire, a daughter of (ho late statesman, to
unvoll tho statue.
This tho lady did amidst tho plaudits of tho
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Statue of Slr John Robertson, In the Sydney Botanic Gardens, Unveiled on Saturday.