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Mr Eternity
single word philosopher, social activist
1884 - 30th July 1967

 

For 40 years, Arthur Stace cryptically chalked the word 'Eternity' in perfect copperplate on the footpaths of Sydney and elsewhere.

A silent reminder of this inscription can be found in Sydney Park - appropriately enough with no plaque or other explanation. The chalked inscription mysteriously appeared on the bell in the Sydney GPO tower in 1963. It has remained there ever since.

At the culmination of the millennium New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, a giant reproduction of Stace's 'Eternity' was illuminated by fireworks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Arthur Stace's tombstone reads as follows:

 

In Loving Memory Of

ELLEN ESTHER PEARL
STACE
DIED 12.7.1961 - AGE 66.

ARTHUR MALCOM (MR ETERNITY)
STACE
DIED 30.7.1967 - AGE 83.

REWARDED AND REJOICING
IN THE PRESENCE OF THEIR LORD

At the foot of the grave a single word is engraved in copperplate script - 

Eternity
 

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