The Sculpture about the Three Businessmen in Melbourne...
This entry was posted on 5/23/2007 2:59 AM and is filed under Australia.
This is one of our favorite Melbourne sculptures. It's called "Three businessmen who brought their own lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle". (These three were actual founding fathers of the city! - John Batman, Charlie Swanston and Robert Hoddle) This fabulous sculpture was unveiled on April 20th, 1994 by His Excellency, the President of Nauru, Hon. Bernard Dowiyogo M.P. It was a gift celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the City of Melbourne from the people and Government of Nauru.
Where's Nauru?, you might ask. Here's a little known fact...Nauru is the world's smallest island nation, only 8.1 sq. miles (21 km.) in the Micronesian South Pacific. It is the only republican state in the world without an official capital. Nauru is a phosphate rock island and its primary economic activity since 1907 has been the export of phosphate mined from the island. But with the exhaustion of its phosphate reserves and its environment severely degraded by mining, the government of Nauru has had to resort to some unusual measures to obtain income. In the 1990s, Nauru briefly became a tax haven and money laundering center. Since 2001, it has accepted aid from the Australian government in exchange for housing an offshore detention center that holds and processes asylum seekers trying to enter Australia. Research on Nauru doesn't come up with any names of their fabulous sculptor who made this unique work. But now we understand why they gave the Aussies such a nice birthday present.