Choragic Monument of Lysicrates (Sir James Martin's residence, Potts Point NSW)

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Title: Choragic Monument of Lysicrates (Sir James Martin's residence, Potts Point NSW)
Dated: c.1880
Digital ID: NRS4481 [7_16221] sh1539
Series: NRS 4481 Government Printing Office Glass plate negatives
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Digitised for The Queen’s Album, a NSW State Archives exhibition produced to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. View the exhibition online.

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    • 28/May/2019 09:14:53

    Moved to the Botanic Gardens in 1943-

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    • 29/May/2019 08:27:30

    Via Trove, a June 1868 description of a visit to James Martin's garden (he was being attacked by children!), including the monument which was not yet finished - ... When we reached the bathing-house our mission was made known to Mr. M'Gill, who was busily engaged in cutting the leaves of the laurel and honey-suckle on a large ornamental stone, for the crown of the "monument" -- which, from where we now stood, appeared to be at a great height, and firmly built upon a rock. In fact, the rock which composed the side of the hill from the road to the water had been hewn and blasted into terraces, and putting aside the ingenuity of the design, it was evident that a very large amount of capital had been expended in completing the work. This beautiful monument, built entirely of Pyrmont stone, from Reid's quarry, when completed, in a month or two more, will be an exact copy of the original ... ... etc

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    • 29/May/2019 08:35:04

    Slightly extended and easier to read version of this story -

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    • 29/May/2019 08:42:37

    Once you start digging ... A couple of photos of the Martin family who were having such fun in the above newspaper article -