Queens Statue, Garden Palace Building, Sydney, between 1879-1882 / [NSW Government Printer ?]

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Where: Sydney Orbital Network, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

When: 01 January 1879

Sydney has two large bronze statues of Queen Victoria but this one no longer exists. The "Garden Palace" which housed the International Exhibition between 1879-1882, was destroyed by a fire with flames which could be seen for 20 miles. A pond in the Botanic Gardens marks the spot where the statue stood under the dome.

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    quasymody

    • 10/Feb/2014 03:16:36

    nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64034190 ...this 1882 Illustrated Sydney News sketch shows her final moments... nla.gov.au/nla.news-page5786625 a stirring poem on the fire appeared on p.3...written by 'Veni,' aka Emily Barton...this poem also appears in Barton's unforgettable volume of poems titled Straws on the Stream (1910)

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 10/Feb/2014 09:11:32

    I am always fascinated by Garden Palace stuff - probably because it had such a short life. As I remember this statue of Queen Victoria was originally intended to be moved to Queen's Square and they had to commission another. See also from the PhM - [http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/4066791729/] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/4067538364/]

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    beachcomberaustralia

    • 10/Feb/2014 21:17:52

    Here is the reference to this statue's intended removal to Queen's Square ...

    THE STATUE AND' PEDESTAL. The [new 1888] statue, which is a splendid specimen of the sculptor's art, fittingly replaces the one which was destroyed by the disastrous Garden Palace fire on the 22nd September, 1882. All those whose residence in the colony extends back to the time when the Garden Palace was in existence, will recollect that one of the most prominent decorations of that magnificent structure was Mr. Marshall Wood's imposing bronze statue of Her Majesty, which stood directly under the dome of the building. The statue was justly regarded at the time as one of the best specimens of artistic work which had then reached the colony : but its position in the Garden Palace, owing to the bad light, and for other reasons, was not looked upon as satisfactory. It was therefore decided to remove the statue to a more appropriate site, and the space between St. James' Church and the Hyde Park Barracks, the scene of yesterday's [1888] ceremony, was naturally selected as being most suitable, more especially as the statue of the late Prince Consort occupied a position closely adjoining. Advantage was taken of the presence in tho colony of their Royal Highnesses Princes Edward and George of Wales to lay the foundation-stone of the pedestal, the ceremony taking place on tho 2nd August, 1881. ... .... etc" ...
    From SMH 25/1/1888 p.5 - trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/13666880

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