We’ve now posted short profiles on the Charles Dickens statue and the ‘We Won’ statue in Centennial Park, each with its own unique story. Today we’re posting on the Column Garden, which is possibly the most well-manicured section of the park.
I’d once again like to thank the Centennial Parklands blog for much of the information in this post. If you’re interested in more stories on Centennial Park please visit their site using the link in our sources section below.
The name ‘Column Garden’ is given to this area due to the column statue in the photo above. There are two of these statues which are named “Sunrise” and “Sunset”. These statues, along with the previously profiled ‘We Won’ statue, are the only three monuments to have continuously remained in the park from the 31 originals that were placed there. Most of the original monuments were removed in 1971, I believe due to vandalism. These statues survived due to the protection provided by the 9 metre tall sandstone columns.
They were built in 1888 by a famous Luxembourg pottery company named Villeroy and Boch. The columns originally stood on either side of an entrance to the Australian Museum, but were moved to Centennial Park in 1890 to provide the bases for these two statues.
The Column Garden is one of several formal gardens in the park. They go through beautiful transitions throughout the seasons and provides a popular place to hold a wedding.
Note: I try to be as accurate as possible but make no guarantees. Please use this information at your own risk.