Robert Burns Statue
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Eaa1947
Gold Coast, Australia632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I am told there are only 4 bronze statues of Robert Burns in the world and here is one of them. It is a 19th century statue in bronze. Given Dunedin was established by Scots it is not surprising to see his statue but apparently his nephew Thomas Burns was one of the pioneers of Dunedin. It sits in a prime spot in The Octagon, the heart of Dunedin
Written 10 January 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,771 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The statue of Robert Burns is located in the city centre of Dunedin in The Octagon the eight-sided paza.

It was deemed relevant to Dunedin because of the city's Scottish roots by being founded by the Free Church of Scotland in 1848. It was also because one of the founding fathers of Dunedin was Rev. Thomas Burns, who was a nephew of the poet.
Written 26 January 2023
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Michael-4551
Caloundra, Australia5,533 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Visited on Monday 30th April. Well worth stopping to have a look at as you pass through The Octagon.
Written 17 June 2018
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HyacinthBucket049
Newcastle, Australia91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
We were in Dunedin on a cold and windy day and were in the Octagon for lunch, while there we saw the Robbie Burns statue, it is certainly worth a walk past.
Written 10 April 2018
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Martin A
Dunedin, New Zealand70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
The Robert Burns statue, usually with a seagull on his head, is a Dunedin centre icon.

The great Scots poet overseas the comings and goings of Dunedin life benevolently, a gesture to the city's Scots past. Festivals are named for him, and his influence is strongth in local lore.

for the passing visitor, this is a one-shot photo opportunity, especially in spring when the blossoms are wonderful.
Written 2 October 2017
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Naina-Damani
London, UK999 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Robert Burns is a large bronze portrait statue in a perfect central position in the Octagon in Dunedin.
Written 10 January 2021
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robertmc
Canberra, Australia160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Lovely to see this statue and its inscription, but even better to hear about the history from a true local with Scots lineage!
Written 2 February 2020
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kenh743
130 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
I don't see how this is an attraction, it's just a statue after all. More interesting is the Anglican cathedral behind. Situated in the Octagon you're not going to miss seeing this as you'll likely walk right past as you explore the city.
Written 17 July 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
To appreciate this lump of red granite formed in the fashion of a man, knowing who he was and what he represented to the Scottish spirit is like understanding what makes a heart beat.

The Scottish people have had a hard time of things. The Free Church of Scotland (1848) founded Dunedin (gaelic for Edinburgh) but many of the newly arrived were really cast-offs by their conquerors, the British. Any bets as to how many of their kind filled that Dunedin jail? Many of the defeated were hauled off to these lands.

Thhis story is a long story (volumes have been and will be written) but after 1746, Scottish culture and identity were severly threatened and heavily curtailed. No longer could Scots wear their clan's tartans, fire power was not permitted, and (yikes!!!) no more bagpipes. So, no more soul. But the story isn't over.

Although subjugated, but not defeated, a frisky hero was resurrected. Robert Burns (who never put one little pinkie-toe in New Zealand) is heralded as their favorite son. He's the uncle of the Reverand Thomas Burns but this was no goodie-goodie two-shoes. No way. He's left a trail of at least 12 little wee ones in his wake (never met a maid he didn't like) on his travels through life.

His was not an easy life (see the plow share piece at the statue's feet?) but he was the soul and embodiment of Scottish-ness. And the people loved him. He was their voice. Burns was the poet that glorified Scottish history, Scottish character, and (does this sound familiar to anyone?) said man should not be measures by his wealth or social class but by he measure of his worth. Remember Martin Luther King?

The statue has this man reclining on an elm tree section (a symbol of Scotland) and that plow share part is at his feet.

A quote referring to Burns is as follows: "It would raise our souls from the sod, and awaken the slumbering fires of genius in some unborn bosom yet."

Everyone needs a hero.
Written 28 March 2019
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,554 contributions
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Oct 2022
Dominating the centre of the Octagon the statue to Robert Burns is hard to miss. The statue was erected to commemorate the 50th anniversary o the establishment of the university of Otago Robert Burns fellowship in literature
Written 21 November 2022
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