WORK to prepare a space for a statue of Matthew Flinders and his cat Trim is underway on Tasman Terrace.
The statue was gifted to the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum by Roger Lang of the Lang Foundation, to be on permanent loan in the ‘Flinders Precinct’.
The statue, which is about two metres high and beautifully crafted by renowned UK sculptor Mark Richards, made the sea voyage from the United Kingdom to Port Lincoln prior to Christmas.
Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green said the council was honoured to become the custodian of the statue.
Mr Green said the council appreciated the Lang Foundation bestowing the significant historical landmark on the Port Lincoln community.
”The statue will be a fantastic addition to the Tasman Terrace streetscape and, being in such a prominent position, can be admired and enjoyed by many,” he said.
Additional work to improve the precinct includes feature paving, custom made seating, landscaping, renovations of the existing Matthew Flinders Archway and installation of a new interpretive signage panel.
Sculptor Mark Richards said he had enjoyed getting to know Matthew Flinders and his many admirers around the world, especially here in South Australia.
“It has been a great honour to experience the appreciation shown to both Matthew and the sculpture and I very much hope that the work will bring interest and pleasure to Port Lincoln’s inhabitants and visitors alike for years to come,” he said.
“The unveiling of my sculpture of Matthew Flinders in Port Lincoln marks the final leg of what has been a delightful journey.”
The statue will be officially unveiled by South Australian Governor His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le at a ceremony on Saturday, February 25, from 11am, adjacent the Flinders Archway.
The Governor will also attend the unveiling of the Hecla at Axel Stenross Maritime Museum on Saturday from noon.