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Walter McGill: Colonial Sculptor - 1826 - 1881 by Christie Hamilton

Christie Hamilton successfully traces the life and significant contribution of Walter McGill in the early history of Australian sculpture. Accompanied by beautifully presented illustrations, McGill's life as a Scottish sculpter seeking life and work in 19th century Victoria and New South Wales is chronicled. Hamiliton's book delves into McGill's early beginnings, commencing with his family's migration from Scotland to Australia, and continues through to his early employment in Victoria, where much of his work involved the sculpting and caring of many works for the Methodist Church, St John's Church of England, and St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church. The history of McGill's becomes even more extraordinary with iconic Sydney monuments such as the Domain Fountain, Woolloomooloo Gates, the facade of the Austrtalian Museum and Coat of Arms on the entrace to Old Darlinghurst Gaol having all been completed at the hands of the Scottish scuptor.

Complete with a very detailed bibliograpy and so full of information that is presents itself as a fantastic research tool for exploring not only the life and influence of Walter McGill, but to also provide an insight to the early architecture of many significant monuments and buildings with both Victoria and New South Wales.

ISBN 9781875160242. Available from Randwick and District Historical Society, PO Box 430 Randwick, NSW 2031 for $20 (plus $10 postage and packaging).

  • Reprinted from History (Magazine of the Royal Australian Historical Society). March 2012, No. 111.

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