Sir John Robertson statue
Public Art : Sir John Robertson statue
Sculptor: © Tommaso Sani
Description: Dressed in frock coat, the sandstone
statue of politician Sir John Robertson (1816-1891) includes his spectacles slung around his neck and a paper
marked 'Free selection before survey.' and 'Land Act 1861' on his left side.
Location: The Sir John Robertson statue can be found
in a niche on the Bent Street Facade of the Department of Lands Building, Bridge Street, Sydney, Australia.
So who was Sir John Robertson? :Sir John Robertson
(15th October, 1816 – 8th May, 1891) was an Australian politician and Premier of New South Wales five times. He
will be best remembered for the Robertson Land Acts of 1861, which basically ousted squatters off unsurveyed land
and allowed men with little money to take up the land for agriculture.