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City of Ballarat Community Magazine June 2011
Pompey Elliott Statue
A bronze statue of Harold ‘Pompey’ Elliott, one of Ballarat’s most famous
sons, World War One hero, lawyer, politician and humanitarian, now stands
proudly in the 400 block of the Sturt Street gardens.
The larger-than-life statue was officially unveiled during Heritage Weekend
earlier this month by General (Ret) Peter Cosgrove, former head of the
Australian Defence Forces, and the Mayor of Ballarat, Cr Craig Fletcher.
Harold Edward ‘Pompey’ Elliott completed his senior schooling at Ballarat
College, where he was dux in his final year. The school continues to pay tribute
to his legacy with a senior school house – Elliott House – named after him.
Major General Elliott was one of Australia’s most highly decorated military
leaders. He had a long and distinguished military career which saw him
serve at some of the most famous engagements of the war including Gallipoli,
where he was wounded on the day of landing, Lone Pine, Villers-Bretonneux,
Fromelles and on the Western Front. An inspirational leader, he was wounded
several times, mentioned in dispatches and awarded medals for valour.
The Ballarat Foundation took a lead role on the project, which was the idea
of John Birt, David Shaw, Tony Charlton and Don McKenzie. Funding was
obtained through Tattersall’s George Adams Foundation, thus continuing a
long tradition of philanthropy in Ballarat that has seen the city amass an
enviable collection of public statuary and art.
The statue is the work of renowned portrait sculptor Louis Laumen, who
also created bronzes of other famous sons of Ballarat, Sir Albert Coates
and Sir Henry Bolte and whose other works can be found at the MCG, the
Marylebone Cricket Club in London, the NSW Parliament and Melbourne’s
More than 500 people attended the unveiling ceremony including members
of Pompey’s family, who laid a wreath and Ross McMullin, author of Pompey
Elliott, the definitive text of Pompey Elliott’s life.
Ballarat Mayor, Cr Craig Fletcher paid tribute to Pompey Elliott at the unveiling,
saying. “The quality of life we enjoy in this country today was built on the
bravery, strength and determination of men like Pompey Elliott. Today is a
celebration of the life of a man who gave much to his country”.
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