Matthew Flinders (1774-1814) was one of the most talented navigators and chart-makers of his day. A captain in the Royal Navy, in 1798 he sailed from Sydney and circumnavigated Van Diemens Land (Tasmania), proving that it was an island. From 1801 to 1803 he completed the impressive feat of circumnavigating mainland Australia, charting the coastline as he went. In 1925 a statue was erected in his honour outside the State Library of NSW in Sydney.
The statue of Matthew Flinders is made of bronze, and stands upon a square trachyte pedestal and stepped podium. Behind it, on a window sill of the State Library building, a small bronze sculpture of a cat is perched. Often overlooked by passers-by, this small statue is in memory of ‘Trim’, Matthew Flinders’ beloved ship’s cat, who accompanied him on several of his voyages.
ICS was commissioned by the State Library of NSW to carry out conservation works to both the Matthew Flinders and Trim statues. Although in relatively good condition, constant exposure to the elements meant that the protective wax coating on each statue was deteriorating, and there was a build-up of bird droppings and other dirt/debris.
This beloved sculpture of a wild boar with a shiny gold snout is an exact replica of one by Italian artist Pietro Tacca, which has been on display in Florence since c. 1633. Located just outside Sydney’s oldest hospital, Sydney Hospital, on Macquarie Street, it is a popular tourist attraction. Visitors are encouraged to donate a coin through the boar’s...
The Glebe War Memorial was built in 1921 in honour of 174 local residents who did not return from World War I including the Australian fast bowler, Albert “Tibby” Cotter. It was constructed thanks to funds raised by the Glebe...