Queen Victoria Memorial Perth

Public Art : Queen Victoria Memorial

Also Known As: Great White Queen

Sculptor: © Francis John Williamson (1833-1920)

Description : The carved marble statue of Queen Victoria is mounted on Aberdeen granite which sits on a Meckering granite base.There are two bronze bas reliefs, one of King Edward VII and the other of Queen Alexandra, on two sides of the Aberdeen granite. 

Date Unveiled : The Queen Victoria Memorial statue was unveiled on the 17th of October, 1903 by the then governor, Admiral Sir Frederick G.D. Bedford.

Location : Along Fraser Avenue, Kings Park, Perth, Western Austalia.

Inscription :

Victoria Queen and Empress
1837 - 1901
During her reign Australia was colonized and Federated

Background : The statue of Queen Victoria was presented to the people of Western Australia by London businessman Mr Allen Stoneham in 1902 .

Trivia: During the reign of Queen Victoria, Perth would celebrate her birthday by firing off two cannons which were located at the corner of Barrack Street and St George's Terrace. Occassionally the cannons would misfire and the soldier would be left injured. Following the mandatory "God Save The Queen" the children would sing their own little song ...The 24th of May,
Queen Victoria's birthday,
If you won't give us a holiday,
We'll all run away.

Sculptor Francis John Williamson was reputed to have been Queen Victoria's favourite sculptor.

References: Stannage, C.T, The People of Perth, 1979, published by the Perth City Council.

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