PM statues proposed

Kerces 12 August 2005 15

Jon Stanhope wants to commemorate Australia’s former Prime Ministers with statues, starting with Robert Menzies and John Curtin.

In his press release he says the idea came about during a meeting with Mr Menzies’s daughter Heather Henderson and that Mr Menzies is an ideal choice for a statue because of his dedication to Canberra (and also he didn’t want a suburb named after him).

“Sir Robert Menzies had a deep and sustained commitment to the development of Canberra as a national capital and his legacy is one of which all Australians can be proud,” Mr Stanhope said. “Of all Australia’s prime ministers, he was the most dedicated to this city and the most conscious of its importance. He made the Lodge his family home between 1939 and 1941, during his first period as prime minister, and again for an unbroken 16 years from 1949 to 1966. Both he and Dame Pattie Menzies were deeply attached to Canberra, Dame Pattie even returning to the capital for the last years of her life, during the 1990s.”

Mr Stanhope also notes that many other countries have monuments and statues to great leaders, including Washington’s Jefferson and Lincoln memorials and London’s statues of Richard the Lionheart, St George and the Duke of Wellington (although perhaps the press release writer should have mentioned Cromwell and Churchill as statuary recipients in London, rather than Richard the Lionheart and St George since the former two were actually PMs).

To balance a Menzies statue out nicely, one of John Curtin has also been proposed, although the reason given is that he was also a wartime leader, not that he’s a Labor fellow.

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15 Responses to PM statues proposed
benett benett 6:53 pm 26 Oct 05

Maybe we could have a statue of John Howard in Garema PL, enabling folk to spit on it, stick their chewing gum on it, spray paint it swastika’s on it, throw bottles at it, plaster flyers to it etc. Tourists (if utterly boggered and could be bothered coming to canberra) would have something exciting to come and see. The ever changing state of the statue of Hitler Howard. Maybe even get their photo taken infront of it.

A statue of Hayley Jensen…my god are you smoking something I don’t know about ?

catey catey 6:38 pm 26 Oct 05

And after a statue of King Stanhope, how about one of Hayley Jensen?

Kerces Kerces 12:47 am 13 Aug 05

not to mention fodder for the anu annual scav hunt

bulldog bulldog 1:07 pm 12 Aug 05

I’m all for this; get a statue of every prime minister in and around the ACT and it will be every drunken yahoo’s ambition to collect a full set of PM Heads.

I know I’d be playing.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 1:02 pm 12 Aug 05

Hollow statues would be perfect for the comrade’s head…I doubt that he even bothers to put rocks in it.

Thumper, if you can get those comrade pullstring dolls produced, I’ll buy twenty of them.

I’m suprised he hasn’t demanded that 2CC stop using the comrade soundbytes in their 30 years of broadcasting promos. “I knew there was a serious fire…you know, I made a mistake.” (Words not exact)


terubo terubo 12:54 pm 12 Aug 05

I do hope these will be funded by the Feds – with artsACT funding the statues may be no larger than the average garden gnome. Hollow, too.
Come to think of it…

Thumper Thumper 12:22 pm 12 Aug 05

And it could have a pull string on its back so that when you pull the string it says,

“I am responsible.” and,

“Do not blame the volunteers” as well as;

“The buck stops with me”

Oh, thats right. he already said that and has retracted it.

Maybe it could just say,

“I have grave concerns”

“Its an opposition stunt”

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 12:16 pm 12 Aug 05

The comrade statue would have to look angry…paint it red or something, it would probably be best if it looked like he was in angry grave concern mode.

We could have a Howard statue too, might have to make it larger than life so people don’t trip on it.

Ari Ari 12:01 pm 12 Aug 05

There could be a range of Stanhope action toys as well, stripped down to the undies and ready to leap from a toy helicopter (sold seperately).

Maelinar Maelinar 11:49 am 12 Aug 05

for the Comrade, I suggest a statue at the bottom of LBG, alongside the real deal.

Thumper Thumper 11:41 am 12 Aug 05

That is Mr Edmund Barton, who happens to have a building named after him as well….

Evictor Evictor 11:37 am 12 Aug 05

I propose that we get twin statues of the Comrade and place them on the corner of Northbourne and Mouat. They can welcome visitors to our Principality and show them just how important and loved Stanhope is by his serfs.

gingermick gingermick 11:32 am 12 Aug 05

I demand that the first statue be of the beloved Comrade himself. Larger than lifesize, natch.

Maelinar Maelinar 11:26 am 12 Aug 05

You forgetting the one outside the building where you used to work Thumper ?

Ahh how quickly you forgot us.

Thumper Thumper 11:15 am 12 Aug 05

I don’t have a problem with this proposal at all. After all menzies was PM for a very long time and Curtin was the war time leader.

And the fact that there are no statues like that around canberra.

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