The Ayr and Lower Burdekin Caledonian Association Inc approached Council in mid-2018 for permission to install a life size bronze statue of a Scotsman mounted on a 900mm high x 750mm square polished granite plinth in the forecourt of the Burdekin Theatre.
Council approved the request as part of its efforts to encourage creative and cultural pursuits that enhance the community identity.
The Ayr and Lower Burdekin Caledonian Association commissioned local Ayr born artist, Jane Hawkins to create a life size bronze statue of a Scotsman.
The installation of the statue commemorates the Ayr and Lower Burdekin Caledonian Association which has fostered piping, dancing and Scottish customs in the Burdekin district over the past 108 years.
The life size bronze statue features a Scotsman wearing traditional Scottish dress erected on a 900mm high by 750mm square polished granite plinth.
A plaque is installed on the plinth detailing low relief bronze figures of a highland dancer, a drummer and a piper with associated wording acknowledging the men and women who established and continued the Association over many years.
About the Artist
(Elizabeth) Jane Hawkins
DipA QldTAFE, GDipTeach KGCAE, MCA JCU
Jane has created many memorable sculptural works in the region, including a number of successful entries into the biennial Strand Ephemera public art competition, as well as several commissioned life-size figurative works in bronze, including:
- Townsville’s statue of Robert Towns
- the Brandon War Memorial (featuring a full size bronze figure making off with a machine gun captured at Villers-Bretonneux)
- the Collinsville Mine Memorial (featuring a life size bronze coal miner in front of a bas relief bronze pit pony, with plaques commemorating those killed in mine disasters)
- the Cairns ANZAC Memorial (comprising 4 black granite columns, each featuring a bronze hat and bag, a sandblasted image, and a bronze plaque dedicated to the army, navy, air force and women who served in various battles throughout our history – each major battle depicted in a series of plaques in embedded in the path along ANZAC Way).
- She also finalised the design of JCU’s ceremonial mace.