Governor Macquarie Statue
Public Art: Governor Macquarie Statue
Nickname : "The Flasher" due to the way he
is holding his coat
Cast By :
F.J and I Lemon Foundry, Melbourne, Victoria.
Date: Unveiled November,
Description: A fairly crude
bronze statue of Governor Maquarie standing in his official garb (I assume his Major General Uniform), with
chin held high (assuming the self conceited pose he was renowned for) and with coat/cape wrapping around
himself. Unfortunately the statue has taken on the name of "The Flasher" due to this unusual
Location: The statue was hiding in the corner of
Parliament House (originally the Principal Surgeon's Residence of "The Rum Hospital") in Macquarie St, Sydney, under a tree, but last time I looked it had been removed.
Background of Governor Maquarie:
Lachlan Macquarie became Governor of New South Wales in 1808 after the disasterous
exploits of Captain come Governor, William Bligh.
Governor Macquarie was quite an egotist, forever writing flowery discriptions
about himself and his achievements back home to the English Government. He also had a bad habit of naming every
place discovered, during his term in office, after himself or family members. But during his twelve years as
Governor he helped the young colony expand in industry, education and religion. Building churches and schools and
helping free settlers to establish farms and proper housing. All in all he wasn't a bad guy.
Unfortunately, he really hasn't been acknowledged greatly through public art
but I guess when you have so many streets and places named in your honour, does it at all seem
History of Governor Lachlan Maquarie Statue :
The Governor Macquarie statue was donated by FAI Insurances Limited in 1998, to
the memory of Mr L.J. Adler and was unveiled by Mr R.S.Adler in November of the same year.
Well I Never ! : Here is a list of just a few places
named after the man himself
In NSW -Macquarie Island, Lake Macquarie (renamed for
his sake), Macquarie River, Lachlan River, Port Macquarie
Macquarie Pass, Macquarie Rivulet,Macquarie Hill, Macquarie Pass, Macquarie Pier (now Nobby's Head), Macquarie
Street, Macquarie Place, Macquarie Lighthouse, The Macquarie Arms Hotel, The former Fort Macquarie, Macquarie
Fields (suburb), Lachlan Avenue and not to mention numerous parishes.
In Tasmania - Macquarie Harbour, Lachlan (Town), Macquarie River, Macquarie Street
(Hobart) and Macquarie Street (Evandale)
Wait but there is more....
In Honour of wife Elizabeth (nee Campbell 1778-1835)
Elizabeth Bay, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Campbelltown (NSW and Tasmania), Elizabeth River (Tasmania),
Elizabeth Town (Tasmania), Mrs. Macquarie's Road and Elizabeth Street (Sydney and Tasmania).
Places named after his Home on the Isle of Mull
Glenorchy (Tasmania), Hamilton (Tasmania), North Esk and South Esk Rivers.
Institutions named after Macquarie:
Macquarie Hospital (Sydney), Macquarie University (Sydney) and of course Macquarie Bank (founded in