Monumental public space does not exist in Sydney. This is deliberate; a city born in a colony focused on convict labour shouldn't encourage mass gatherings that may lead to public uprisings. This characteristic means its monumental statuary is, for the most part, perched awkwardly alongside buildings or hidden among trees in public parks.
The monumental statues representing historical figures are mostly related to the colonial period. They were built between the 1840s and the 2010s and all except one were cast in bronze, but their plinths are made of many different materials. In a city rich in sandstone, it is perhaps surprising to find such variety, and more surprising still to learn that, in some cases, the plinths were carved as far away as Europe.
This piece brings together some observations on the physical presence and research into the history of these elaborate chunks of stone that the monuments of the colonial past stand on.