Macquarie’s statue must tell the truth, activist says

March 1, 2023
Stephen Langford outside the Downing Street Court last year. Photo: Leigh Howlett

Activist Stephen Langford has been banned from the Sydney CBD after placing an A4 sheet, with blue tack, quoting Governor Lachlan Macquarie onto his statue in Hyde Park.

Langford was put in the back of a police van and taken into custody on February 2. He was found not guilty of malicious damage last year for doing the same thing in 2020.

“I am banned from all of the CBD. This is my bail condition imposed at Day Street Police Station,” Langford told Green Left. “My offence? Repeatedly sticking Macquarie’s 1816 Appin Massacre order to his statue in Hyde Park.

“The Voice may get up, or it may not. Even this sop may be voted down, because we live with the falsification of our history. That can be seen on the statue. We have to notice what is not there.

“All over the world, people want to find the truth of our hidden history.

“The 2013 statue of Macquarie in Hyde Park needs to be changed, so it tells the truth, or be replaced. That’s for all of us.”

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