Doggerel Dave

Queen Victoria Sits Again.

The centre of Sydney hosts a statue -

Queen Victoria sits four metres tall,

Bronze with patina, the stone plinth quite new.

She fronts a building, (crown sceptre and all) -

The QVB, which provided the cue.

 

Ireland’s history explains the argument -

Although the work of an Irish sculptor,

The Queen dismissed from front of parliament.

Deemed more redolent of Aussi culture,

Let go with the Irish Republic content….

 

The return of the Elgin marbles to Greece…

Please repatriate the Benin bronzes…

Demands worldwide are on the increase

And lead to many positive responses.

Ireland, do sue for the old dear’s release……

  • Author: Doggerel Dave (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 24th, 2023 00:15
  • Comment from author about the poem: Or maybe she could be melted down and made into something more appropriate in the 21st century, like …. armaments…??? This piece barely hints, if at all, at the debate around statue removal more generally – might be worth a look see later….
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  • orchidee

    I wondered why I lost me marbles - Greece nicked them! lol.

    • Doggerel Dave

      Greece ain't got 'em and they want e'm back, orchi - they weren't yours in the first place..

      PS: I've just done a Dog Whisperer Course....there's going to be trouble in the orchi household before long.....

    • Bella Shepard

      I certainly understand the desire for repatriation of treasured artifacts and you have versed this so well. Here in my country we have a slightly different problem, the removal of statues that seem to glorify leaders of the southern confederacy that sought to tear the union apart by civil war. What does it all come down to in the end?

      • Doggerel Dave

        I’m a bit tongue-in-cheek here Bella, because after the restoration of the QVB (saved from developers), in 1967 the hunt for a statue of QV to finish the project went around the world and the only one willingly (very willingly, I reckon) relinquished was found languishing in a decaying building’s back yard. I don’t think Ireland would want it back.
        The whole issue of statue removal is a different issue, and while I hint at a future scribble on this, it’s complicated……..

        • Doggerel Dave

          Please note wrong date, which should read 1987.

        • sorenbarrett

          Sounds like a white elephant gift to me. So sad when your not wanted. Nice write Dave, kept my attention, can I have it back now?

          • Doggerel Dave

            You are welcome, Soren - wasn't a white elephant to the QVB, they wanted it - and I would think the Republic of Ireland was pretty pleased to get rid of it......

          • Neville


            it worries me that whole chunks of history are being re-written to satisfy an overly PC world .. we must not try and change just because there are those that don't like the aftertaste ..

            • Doggerel Dave

              Agreed – this is a serious issue, and as I mentioned to Bella, I intend to try to make some sense of it here.
              My pin was just a piece of fun after I discovered that QV had not been there forever, but only arrived in 1987 (from Ireland of all places), the year before I turned up in Sydney.

              • Neville



                hey you wanna keep that quiet mate .. wot would Syds ma think of the pair of you eh 🙂

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