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: