Historical information

Thomas Stoddart was a miner turned local stockbroker. He bought 12 statues made of Carrara marble during a visit to Italy in 1882, and gifted them to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. The sculptures were placed on pedestals of Sicilian marble and on bases of Victorian granite. The statues were unveiled in the gardens on Queen Victoria's birthday, 24 may 1884.

Physical description

Photograph of a statue of Thomas Statue in the Ballarat Town Hall.