Richard Johnson Obelisk
Public Art : Richard Johnson Obelisk
Also Known As : First Church in Australia Monument
and the Richard Johnson Memorial
Architects: © Burcham Clamp and Finch Architects
Description: This gothic influenced four sided tower
was erected in honour of Richard Johnson (c. 1756 – 13th March, 1827) who was appointed the Chaplain for
the first British colony to settle in New South Wales. Johnson and his wife set sail in 1787 with the First
Date Unveiled: The memorial to Richard Johnson was
unveiled in May, 1925.
Location: The memorial is located in Richard Johnson
Place, Sydney, Australia.
So Who Was Richard Johnson? : For
four years as the colony struggled, Johnson continued to beg Governor Phillip for two churches to be built in both
Sydney and Parramatta. His pleas fell on deaf ears.
Richard Johnson Trivia:
The monument also marks the site of the first church erected in Australia in 1793 which burned down
Johnson and his wife Mary named their baby daughter Milbah, an Aboriginal name.
Johnson preached the very first sermon on Australian soil on Sunday, 3rd of February 1788.