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Sir Edward Macarthur
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Old Treasury Building
Old Treasury Building,
Spring Street
Melbourne, VIC

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Sir Edward Macarthur

The Macarthur family moved from England to Australia when Edward was one year old. His father John Macarthur is recognised as a pioneer of the wool industry in Australia. Educated in England, he returned to Australia in 1806 and at the age of 18 he joined the army, becoming Lieutenant one year later. In 1808 he took part in the Rum Rebellion and the deposition of Governor William Bligh. He was responsible for delivering the first bale of merino wool to England. As a member of the 39th Regiment he was part of Wellington’s campaigns of 1812-14, at Vittoria, the Pyrénées and the battles in southern France. After serving in Canada he became part of the occupation army of France. As an advocate for Australian emigration, he wrote two books on the subject and helped to establish German vinedressers on the Macarthur estates in Camden. In 1851 he became Deputy Adjutant General in Sydney and when promoted to Colonel three years later moved to Melbourne. In this capacity he spoke with the miners at Eureka on December 5 1854 along with Major-General Sir Robert Nickle. The result being that martial law was withdrawn. When interim Governor of Victoria (a year later) he was well received by both parliament and the people. He died on 4 January, 1872.
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Sculptor Charles Summers also completed the statue of Bourke & Wills in the corner of Swanston and Collins Streets.
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Sir Edward Macarthur was interim Governor of Victoria in 1855 after the death of Governor Hotham. This bust of Sir Edward Macarthur was sculpted by Charles Summers (1825-1878).
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Main corridor
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