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Marmion Memorial

marmionmemorialThe Marmion Memorial is beneath the Proclamation Tree on an island at the intersection of Adelaide, Parry (formerly Edward), Queen Victoria and Quarry Streets.

William Edward Marmion (1845-96) was a Fremantle businsssman with an interest in whaling. He was a member of the first Fremantle Town Council, a foundation member of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce when it was founded in 1873 and a member of the state Legislative Council in 1880. He was elected as the first member for Fremantle in the new legislative assembly following the granting of responsible government in 1890; he became Minister for Lands. The memorial was erected by public subscription and unveiled in 1902. It was the first memorial of its kind erected in recognition of public services rendered to the state. Pietro Porcelli sculpted the intricate Celtic cross in brown freestone imported from Waverley, NSW. The memorial was designed by C.L. Oldham and J. Herbert Eales.

References and Links

Hutchison, David 2006, Fremantle Walks, Fremantle Arts Centre Press: 182.

'The late Mr. W.E. Marmion. Memorial at Fremantle. Unveiling Ceremony. Speech by Sir John Forrest.', The West Australian, Friday, 10 January 1902, p. 7.

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