Connection to Bathurst Set in Stone

Allan Doble has a unique connection to early Bathurst. His Great Uncle, Gilbert Doble, not only helped to design both the Evans Memorial and War Memorial in Kings Parade, he cast both statues and carried out the stonework to create the monuments we know today.

The Evans Memorial at the western end of Kings Parade commemorates the discovery of the Bathurst plains by George Evans in 1813. The foundation stone for the memorial was laid November 19, 1913 during Bathurst’s centenary. However, the memorial was not unveiled until 1920 by Governor Sir Walter Davidson.

At the opposite end of Kings Parade, the Boer War Memorial commemorates those who served during the Boer War in 1899-1902. The memorial houses a bronze figure of an Australian Soldier with a rifle ready. Doble cast the statue and used his stonemason trade to carve four supporting sandstone lions. The original bronze soldier has been on display in the Bathurst RSL Club since April 19, 1994.

Kings Parade