Thursday, August 16, 2012

Richard Bourke's Statue

This fine statue is outside the Mitchell Library.General Sir Richard Bourke, (4 May 1777 – 12 August 1855), Irish-born Governor of New South Wales, 1831-1837. He encouraged the emancipation of convicts and helped bring forward the ending of transportation. In this, he faced strong opposition from the military/conservative establishment and its press. He approved a new settlement on the Yarra River, and named it Melbourne in honour of the current British Prime Minister. (Wiki)


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    Unfortunately your facts are not accurate. The things Bourke actually did are of far-reaching significance and they had nothing to do with ending transportation although they did attract opposition from the protestant churches.
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