THE EPIC LEGEND COMES TO LIFE
Once upon a time there was a poison spreading Dragon, who lived in Silene’s town lake. Each day, two sheep were fed to the Dragon to subdue its rage. But when they ran out of livestock, it was fed children instead! One day, the King’s daughter was chosen by chance. Dressed as a bride she was sent out to the middle of the lake, but a Crusader Knight, by the name of St George rode past and saw the young lady’s plight. St George coaxed the Dragon from the lake back to the town of Silene, and there, he slayed him with the Ascalon Sword. Upon defeating the monstrous beast, St George requested that the entire town of 17,000 inhabitants convert to Christianity. The King built a church on that very site. It is rumored that the spring flowing from it’s alter, contained water that could cure all disease.
A ROYAL DESIGN The original statue was designed by a 19th century artist to the Royals. Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm was a medalist and sculptor. He was most famously known for the Duke of Wellington sculpture on Hyde Park Corner and the Jubilee head of Queen Victoria on coinage. You’ll find this important work of St George gracing the lawns at the State Library in Victoria, Australia.