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Magna Carta Place

Magna Carta Place

The Magna Carta monument is a symbol of the ties between the peoples of Australia and Great Britain. Funded through a national appeal and generous gift from the British government, the monument was a Centenary of Federation gift to the people of Australia.

The design is based on an ancient English funeral mound or barrow, which has been cut away to reveal the treasure inside (being the Magna Carta). The small mound in the middle holds a time capsule. The etched marble walls depict (on the left) the life and times of Magna Carta and (on the right) the development of the Rule of Law and parliamentary system in Australia. A copper dome sits over the monument, with words cut out of the copper around it – these are the Latin text of chapter 29 of the 1297 version of Magna Carta). There are bronze panels of text between the two sets of images on the wall and more panels in between the paired wooden columns – these are suitable for brass rubbing, perhaps the oldest form of a postcard from your holiday.

The effects of the actions of the English nobles at Runnymede have rippled out across the world and over time. Magna Carta gave us these concepts:

  • Freedom
  • Rule of Law (meaning that the people and the government agree to be ruled by law but that this law must be such that the government and the people are able and willing to obey it)
  • Trial by Jury
  • Justice for all.