AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Thursday, November 21, 2013

First Governor General

This is a bronze statue (unveiled in 1911) of the First Governor General of Australia.
He arrived from Scotland as John Adrian Lewis Hope, the Earl of Hopetoun.
At first, he was a popular governor of Victoria from 1889-95.
He went back to Scotland and then returned to Australia as the first Governor General 1901-2.
At the end of his not so popular term, (he enjoyed spending money), he became the Marquis of Linlithgow.

a proud man
who felt important and
lost respect

The statue is on the entrance driveway to Government House in Melbourne, Victoria.

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Anonymous said...

Interesting history. Your haiku speaks volumes!


Susan Demeter said...

Very posh looking statue :)

RedPat said...

Power often seems to go to the head.

Nonnie said...

predicting that same kind of fate might await many in our federal government.

Lesley said...

Perhaps he should have just stayed in Australia, then he'd have been remembered more fondly.

Andy said...

When I see the words Governor General it makes me realize that Australia and Canada have have a number of things in common. I've also noticed the same with street signs.



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