Statue Of King George V


Standing proudly in the King George Square, in front of the Brisbane City Hall, the bronze Statue of King George V served as the citizens of Brisbane's tribute to the British monarch. Unveiled in 1938, the statue has been neighbored by other famous and historic sculptures, such as the sculptures and statues of the lion, the Speakers Corner (Steele Rudd, Emma Miller, and Sir Charles Lilley) and the Petrie Tableaux, along the King George Square.

George V, who was born as George Frederick Ernest Albert in 1865, became the King of United Kingdom and other Commonwealth colonies. Before finally becoming the King, he inherited the following titles: Prince George of Wales, The Duke of York, The Duke of

Cornwall and York and The Prince of Wales.

The King’s life has been considered boring by many biographers as he devoted most of his time shooting animals and collecting stamps, although the latter hobby has played a major

role to the establishment of the Royal Philatelic Collection, which showcased the biggest and most wide-ranging collection of stamps in the world. Probably the most popular move that he made as King is his deliberate change of the royal house's name from the German-sounding Saxe-Cabourg and Gotha to the more British Windsor, to give honor to his British subjects.

He died on 1936, after a continuous battle with various lung diseases, including bronchitis

and emphysema.

Subsequent to the King’s death, the Albert Street was renamed in his honor, replacing it to King George Square. Aside from the structures listed earlier in this article, the square’s attractions are also composed of a rectangular-shaped fountain (it was actually a round-shaped fountain but was demolished).


statue of king george V

There is also a laneway that serves as a passing area for vehicles on their way to the Brisbane City Hall. However, the greatest centerpiece

of the public area is none other than the sculpture of the King itself, which is also a part of the King George Memorial.

The equestrian statue of King George was actually a winning piece by the Australian sculptor, Edward Frederick Kohler for a national competition in Australia. Before having his creation pushed him to greater stardom, his first works were limited to horse and other animal clay models, then his skills evolved that made him enable to produce war memorials, trophies and other mementoes. He was also the chief sculptor at the Ajax Plaster Company. Kohler’s other famous works are his religious items which are spread in Australia.