Location: Queen Victoria Building Plaza, Sydney
Artist: John Hughes
Standing 3 meters high, this bronze statue depicts Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 1819-1901) seated on a sandstone throne, atop a tall triangular sandstone pedestal. Sculptor John Hughes (1865-1941), was born in Dublin where the statue was originally located. The statue was installed outside the front of the Queen Victoria Building during restorations in the 1980s.
She is seated in a low chair rather than an elaborate throne, allowing the artist to contain the figure within a sphere rather than as a towering pillar. Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death. The statue provides a focal point for the Queen Victoria Square and also serves as a meeting place.