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Thursday, 27 October 1904

Mr MCDONALD (Kennedy) - There seems to be a little mystery about this bust of the first Governor-General. I believe that the history of it is that an energetic young artist thought that it would be a good thing to model a bust of the first Governor- General. He did so. I believe that he invited the first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton, to go and look at his work. Sir Edmund was so enchanted with the striking likeness that he asked what it would cost to have the bust sculptured in marble. A price was mentioned, and Sir Edmund agreed to purchase. But, I understand that only the clay modelling was done in Australia, and that the sculpturing was executed elsewhere.

Mr Johnson - That is always done elsewhere; they cannot get the marble in Australia.

Mr MCDONALD - The monument in connexion with the first discovery of gold in Bendigo was entirely executed in Melbourne. No doubt the bust is a very nice ornament for the library.

Mr Fisher - No one recognizes it as a likeness.

Mr McDONALD - Personally, I think that it is very good, and reflects great credit upon the artist who did the modelling. But I am certainly of opinion that, considering that it is supposed to perpetuate the memory of the first Governor-General of Australia, the whole of the work should have been done in Australia.

Proposed vote agreed to.

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