When travelling through the region it isn’t uncommon to see Red Deer grazing among the rolling hills of Somerset.
In 1873 Queen Victoria sent a gift of Red Deer to Queensland in celebration of the state being named in her honour. Two stags, Norman and Bolingbroke, and four hinds, Atlas, Alma, Ada and Martha arrived from the Windsor Castle gardens aboard the Great Queensland.
On 19 September 1873 the deer were released at the McConnel family property, Cressbrook. Releases of Red Deer continued on Cressbrook until 1878. In honour of this significant event, a bronze Red Deer sculpture named Norman has been installed at the Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery. The life-sized stag sculpture was hand crafted by world renowned artist, the late Bodo Muche.
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VISIT NORMAN THE RED DEER STATUE
Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery
29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah Qld 4313