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Menzies steps out on the lake shore

By johnboy - 23 March 2012 13

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Perhaps in a sign of how far the Liberal Party has strayed from its founding principals two Labor Governments have combined to erect a bronze statue of Sir Robert Menzies by the shore of the Lake he made happen.

Joy Burch has made the announcement:

Following the 2011 launch by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher of Prime Minister John Curtin and Treasurer Ben Chifley,ca 1945, the ACT Government commissioned another figurative bronze in a series acknowledging Prime Ministers who made significant contributions in the development of Canberra.

“Under Menzies’ second term as the Prime Minister, Canberra’s community grew from 28,000 in 1954 to 93,000 in 1966,” Ms Burch said.

“A number of significant cultural institutions including the National Library and the Canberra Theatre Centre were founded during that period and in 1964 Lake Burley Griffin was inaugurated.”

Ms Burch said she was pleased relatives of Sir Robert Menzies, including his daughter Heather Henderson, were able to attend this morning’s unveiling.

Peter Corlett is the artist responsible.

Here’s some footage of Ming speaking at the Lake’s opening:

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13 Responses to
Menzies steps out on the lake shore
HenryBG 10:30 am 24 Mar 12

Alderney said :

Nothing too liberal about the Liberal Party these days.

Old Ming would be turning in his grave everytime they mention the Menzies legacy inside the GOP, I mean, the Liberal Party.

Precisely – Abbott needs to @$#% off and form his own Party, he is NOT a Liberal.

I’m also getting mighty impatient with journalism in this country – it is high time they re-visited this article and updated it in light of Abbott’s recent activities:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/wife-tony-abbott-is-a-man-of-trust/story-e6freuy9-1225807310002

What does she say to the idea her husband is a “man of trust”m these days, I wonder?

miz 8:39 am 24 Mar 12

‘ . . . and its foreshores will remain forever as garden and landscaped areas to which all people may have free access.’ I hope the ACT Govt watches this, as they appear to be intent on destroying the ‘garden and landscaped areas’ and ‘free access’ bits in exchange for 20 pieces of silver from developers.

AsparagusSyndrome 12:03 am 24 Mar 12

10:20 – “A lake that will complete the amenities of life.”

And a most public amenity it was, just a couple of weeks ago. How farsighted he was.

I must say, that statue of him looks pretty lifelike too. After seeing what a good job they did on him, I’m thinking of getting my dog bronzed at the same place.

poetix 10:45 pm 23 Mar 12

The only place you hear accents like that today is on ABC FM. Fortunately, you never hear music like that anywhere at all. It was all eyebrows and girdles back then, no sign of sixties change that I could see. Great film.

Deckard 7:32 pm 23 Mar 12

Deref said :

If only the Liberal Party had been around then! There’d have been none of this lefty socialist big government centralist rubbish!

The Liberal’s were around then.

Do you even know what socialism is?

cranky 6:48 pm 23 Mar 12

Shouldn’t that be the RGM Walk?

And a very impressive gentleman.

c_c 5:51 pm 23 Mar 12

And though I did only see Menzies passing by,
it was still enough to make this taxpayer cry.

Alderney 4:45 pm 23 Mar 12

Nothing too liberal about the Liberal Party these days.

Old Ming would be turning in his grave everytime they mention the Menzies legacy inside the GOP, I mean, the Liberal Party.

ForReal 4:16 pm 23 Mar 12

Has anyone got a pic of the wording of the plaque unveiled by former PM John Howard when declaring the RJM walk? I think that might be a bit revealing as to why two Labor gov’s took the opportunity.

deye 3:39 pm 23 Mar 12

astrojax said :

so, where abouts is it? down near the c’wealth ave bridge somewhere?

pure guesswork based on the photo background and the curve of the path:
http://g.co/maps/nvqqx

Deref 3:12 pm 23 Mar 12

If only the Liberal Party had been around then! There’d have been none of this lefty socialist big government centralist rubbish!

Erg0 3:09 pm 23 Mar 12

astrojax said :

so, where abouts is it? down near the c’wealth ave bridge somewhere?

You can see the Carillon at the very right of the photo’s background, so that sounds like a reasonable guess.

astrojax 2:42 pm 23 Mar 12

so, where abouts is it? down near the c’wealth ave bridge somewhere?

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