Sir Redmond Barry Statue
Public Art: Sir Redmond Barry Statue
Artist & Sculptor: Modelled by James Gilbert but
completed after Gilbert's death (b? - 1885) by Percival Ball (17 February 1845 – 4 April 1900) .
23rd August 1887
Description: The life size bronze statue depicts
Sir Redmond Barry in the robes of the Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. His gaze is directed towards the
Location: Outside State Library of Victoria, 328
Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia.
Background: Sir Redmond Barry (June 7th, 1813 –
November 23rd, 1880) was a British Colonial Judge and the first Solicitor General, with a seat in the Legislative
and Executive Counsils, and later to hold the office of Judge of the Supreme Court. Sir Redmond Barry was the
founder of the University of Melbourne and was its first Chancellor. In 1860 he was knighted.
However Barry's real claim to fame was sentencing Australia's most infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly,
to hang. The Judge and Kelly had a long history together and it didn't help when Barry sentenced
Ned Kelly's mother to 3 years in jail for assisting in the attempted murder of a police officer. At the hearing
Barry said, 'if your son Ned were here I would make an example of him for the whole of Australia - I would give him
fifteen years'. Judge Redmond Barry would later sentence Ned Kelly to hang. On sentencing Ned Kelly, Judge Barry
concluded " and may the Lord have mercy on your soul", Ned retorted "I will see you there, where I go". Twelve days
later Judge Barry collapsed and died in his chambers from 'congestion of the lungs and a carbuncle in the
History: James Gilbert was originally
given the commission to design and create the Sir Redmond Barry statue but had only completed the clay model before
he died. The commission was given to Percival Ball.
Well I Never ! : For all of those
of us interested in some tantalizing gossip. When Barry's mistress Louisa Barrow died, she was buried with him at
the Melbourne cemetery. Mr high almighty judge indeed!