SPECIAL GUEST: Roy Emerson will be present for the unveiling of his life-size statue in Blackbutt.
SPECIAL GUEST: Roy Emerson will be present for the unveiling of his life-size statue in Blackbutt. Tessa Mapstone

Head to 'historic and momentous' statue unveiling

A LIFE-SIZE bronze statue of Blackbutt tennis great Roy Emerson will be unveiled tomorrow.

Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said the event on Wednesday was a "historic and momentous occasion" for the South Burnett town.

"Volunteers from the Blackbutt & District Tourism and Heritage Assoc deserve an enormous congratulations for their commitment to commissioning the statue and their daily commitment to staffing the Roy Emerson Museum," Mrs Frecklington said.

"They have done an amazing job in raising funding for the statue, which will provide locals and tourists with an insight into this wonderfully talented tennis player and his connection to Blackbutt and the South Burnett.

"The group were successful in securing a $35,000 Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant, along with more than $37,000 pledged through various local groups and individuals."

Emerson was born on a dairy farm near Blackbutt and called the town home when he started his tennis career.

He was a former number one tennis player and won 12 mayor singles titles and 16 Grand Slam tournamen men's double titles.

Event details

  • When: Wednesday, January 18 from 1-2pm.
  • Where: Roy Emerson Museum on the corner of Hart St and Bowman Rd.
  • Special guests include Roy and Joy Emerson, former Australian tennis greats Ashley Cooper and Wendy Turnbull and Tennis Australia board member Ken Laffey.
South Burnett

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