Daniel O'Connell statue
Public Art :
Daniel O'Connell statue (also known as "The Liberator")
Sir Thomas Brock
A bronze life size statue of the Irish political leader who campaigned for Catholic Emancipation (which was the
right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament, something that had been denied them for over 100 years)
and repeal of the Act of Union which combined Great Britain and Ireland. O'Connell, dressed in his typical Irish
garb of long coat and cloak holds a scroll in his right hand , which is the petition he presented to parliament and
at his feet the statutes on which he argued his case. The base is made from Mornington granite and the base from
red granite from Gabo Island.
: The statue of Daniel O'Connell was unveiled by Sir B.O'Loghen, MLA, on the 30th May, 1891, which
was the anniversary of 'Connell's imprisonment in 1844.
Cast : Cast
in Belgium in 1888
Funding : The
fund for the statue was launched in 1875 by a committee of Irish Catholics and money raised was by public
Outside St Patrick's Cathedral, corner of Gisborne Street and Cathedral Place , Melbourne,
Daniel O`Connell The Liberator 1775-1847
The leading Irish stateman and Catholic Parliamentarian of his day, O`Connell was the founder of
the Catholic Association, a mass movement which promoted universal human rights and social justice,
exclusively by political means and non-violent action. He led the struggle to pass the Emancipation
Act of 1829 by which the British parliament finally repealed the remnants of the terrible penal
laws against Catholics and re-established the basis for the civil and religious rights throughout
the British EMpire.
This statue is the work of Thomas Brock A.R.A., was accepted in trust by Archbishop Carr for the
citizens of Melbourne, on 14th May 1891. It was restored in 1998.
This plaque was unveiled by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, o 6th September 1998 to
reaffirm the historic links between Australia and Ireland.
For a long time the only statue that graced the grounds of St Patrick's Cathedral was that of Daniel