Statue of Meditation

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The massive statue of a draped form in marble outside the entrance to the Conservatory in the Fitzroy Gardens is not on the site for which it was originally intended. Madame Saint, an Australian, who many years ago married a wealthy Frenchman, intended that the statue "Meditation" should be erected in memory of her father at Rheole, a small Victoria fruit-growing town. Plans were damaged however, and the statue was presented to the Melbourne City Council in 1933. The sculptor was Robert Delandre, a Frenchman.