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Mr Darcy turns heads

31 Jul 2014

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Docklands hosted a unique visitor this month, when a giant statue of Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy took up residence on Harbour Esplanade.

Modelled after Colin Firth, the statue (pictured above) replicates the iconic wet-shirt scene from the BBC adaption of Pride and Prejudice, in which he played the famous literary character.

Standing at 3.5 metres high, the statue was placed at Berth 8, near the Cow up a Tree and was brought to Melbourne by the National Trust Victoria.

“The statue was acquired through the National Trust UK, where it was originally placed in London’s Hyde Park Serpentine Lake before making the trip down under,” National Trust Victoria’s Drew Grove said.

Places Victoria assisted with the installation of the statue and general manager Simon Wilson said the team was excited about the visit from the British icon.

“We’re hopeful Mr Darcy will encourage people to get out and, as Jane Austen might have said, ‘take a turn’ around Docklands,” Mr Wilson said.

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