About the Festival and the Burns Statue

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Our festival centres around Camperdown’s Robert Burns statue. Created in Scotland in 1830, the statue is the only one to have been based exclusively on the earliest known portrait of Burns.

Early Western District settler W.A. Taylor gifted the statue to the community of Camperdown in 1883 where it was placed in the Camperdown Public Park (Botanic Gardens).

It remained here for more than 125 years.

The statue was already in need of restoration when in 2009, it was vandalised. Following the attack, the statue was moved to a secure location by Corangamite Shire so that its restoration and future protection could be assessed.

Local residents joined with supporters from across the globe to fundraise to restore the statue and have it placed in a location where it could be safe and appreciated by future generations. 

Part of those fundraising efforts included the inaugural Robert Burns Scottish Festival in 2012. The festival celebrates Camperdown’s unique link to Robert Burns and features a mix of international and local musicians, as well as a Burns lecture series each year. 

The Robert Burns statue can be viewed at the Civic Centre in Camperdown (181 Manifold Street), Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. The Civic Centre will remain open over the festival weekend for viewing access.  For more information on the statue, you can download the brochure The Remarkable Story of the Robert Burns Statue below.

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