Edith Dircksey Cowan Memorial
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Edith Dircksey Cowan Memorial - Australia
Edith Dircksey Cowan Memorial is located in Kings Park in Perth, Western Australia.
Edith Dircksey Cowan Memorial monument was established on 1934.
Primary threats to Edith Dircksey Cowan Memorial :

Edith Cowan Memorial Clock, is a clock tower in Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia. It was built in 1934 as a memorial to Edith Cowan, the first female member of any Australian parliament.

Historical facts of Edith Dircksey Cowan Memorial :

  • Edith Cowan Memorial Committee was then formed to raise funds for a monument. In October the Committee wrote to the Kings Park Board to seek approval for the erection of a monument in the park, and suggesting that it could take the form of an archway at the entrance gates.
  • The Kings Park Board refused their request, stating that "the Board have other suggestions in view re the Main Gates, and are disinclined to favorably view the erection of further memorials other than National ones, within the Kings Park." This response caused some offense, as it seemed to imply that Cowan was not considered a person of national significance.
  • Around this time, the Committee became aware that the Perth City Council was considering the erection of a safety zone for pedestrians in the middle of Kings Park Circus. This was to be a raised circular platform surrounded by pylons.
  • A number of suggestions had been made for a centerpiece for the safety zone, including relocating the Perth Observatory clock there, or using the site for the Lord Forrest Memorial or the State War Memorial.
  • In December 1932, the Edith Cowan Memorial Committee requested the Council's permission to locate a monument there, and this was approved. Prominent Perth architect Harold Boas and City Engineer Henry Atwell then began work on a design for the monument.
  • Their design was approved by the Edith Cowan Memorial Committee in February 1933, and a sketch of the design was published in The West Australian.