This marble statue of English novelist Charles Dickens is located close to the junction of Dickens Drive and Loch Avenue in Centennial Park. It is one of eleven statues acquired as decoration for the new park created in 1988 and was installed in 1891. Most of the remaining statues in the park, including this statue, were removed in 1972 and placed in storage. It had gone missing and in the process had lost its head and other parts due to vandalism. When finally found, the head, finger, scroll and quill had to be reconstructed using old photos and the statue. The restored statue was unveiled for the 199th birthday of Dickens last year and was again honoured last week with 200th birthday celebrations. It is one of only two known life-size representations of Charles Dickens in the world due to an injunction in his will requesting that no public memorials be erected in his honour.