FOR 76 years Henry Lawson, his swagman friend and his dog have watched over visitors taking the stroll through the Domain to Mrs Macquaries Point. Yesterday a burly security officer sent the poet and one-time vagabond on his way.The bronze Lawson statue has been borrowed by the National Gallery of Australia for an exhibition of the artist George Lambert's works, opening on June 29. To avoid leaving Henry's stone plinth bare, the Botanic Gardens Trust was offered a choice of temporary replacements. After a little thought, a life-like fibreglass Maori security guard was chosen.Yesterday a crane lowered the half-tonne Henry onto the back of a flat-top truck, and raised the guard in his place. "When we were asked by the gallery if we would lend them Henry Lawson, initially I was a bit reticent," the trust's executive director, Tim Entwisle, admitted as he watched the exchange. "But then I thought this was an opportunity for our Henry Lawson to be seen by more people."
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