Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Leave the Statues to Us

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Leave the Statues to Us

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THIS week's suggestion that Toowoomba needs more statues has really got the place talking.

What a good idea?

But, please, this time let the people choose the subjects for any bronze or marble sculptures and don't leave it in the hands of council

Look what happened last time we the people allowed our civic leaders in charge of street erections - what did we get? Those bloody obelisks.

First time I saw those leaning pillars of junk I honestly thought the sculptor had done a runner with the money before he'd finished the job.

The only thing sculptural wise I could see them resembling was the rock hard features of some of the front-row forwards who played in the local rugby competition.

No, if there are to be some of the city's leading lights to be immortalised in stone, I reckon it should be up to the mere mortals of the region to choose.

Already, there have been suggestions of such Toowoomba luminaries like Clive Berghofer, Nell E. Robinson, Duncan Thompson, John McDonald and Joan Dunlop.

And for mine any of them would be fine and plenty of others too.

However, we have to decide whether we want to immortalise city dignitaries of the past or do we want statues that promote Toowoomba for what it is today.

A well placed and sculptured statue can say so much about the town to visiting tourists.

Who hasn't driven into Oakey without marvelling at the sight of the mighty Bernborough standing proud in front of the town's Civic looking back toward the Rosalie Plains where the champion was foaled in the 1930s.

Any visitors asking "What horse is that?" will soon be set right by a local proudly prompting "The Mighty Bernborough".

Oakey and Bernborough have become synonymous.

And, so it might well be here in Toowoomba.

Remember a few elections back when one candidate wanted to put up a statue of Jesus, in grand style and size similar to the statue of Christ which stands over Rio in Brazil, which is known the world over? …

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