Monuments/ Statues in Dunedin

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Monuments & Statues in Dunedin

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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    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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  • Niec
    Brisbane, Australia2,721 contributions
    On taking Blue Skin Road, up to further afield, we stopped here to sight this memorial of this daring man who died in the Antarctic. There were five in his team including himself who perisherd. the memorial was opened by the council in 1913 and at the time, pipers played the Lament. At the time there was a clear view of the Otago Harbour, but today lush growthi is every where and there is a good view down over the harbour, down to Port Chalmers and its surrounding township from the Centenary Lookout beside it and across the road a large anchor which was a darned nuisance at the bottom of the harbour. Well worth the visit, if driving. t is not far and the Museum at the entrance to the port has more on Robert Scott.
    Written 24 February 2020
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  • e_maccars
    Christchurch, New Zealand33 contributions
    Fantastic quick stop with a very helpful gentleman showing us around the train. One very happy child.
    Written 2 April 2021
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  • Jane
    1 contribution
    I was very keen to see the Northern Cemetry after I'd heard about the devastating loss of so many historic roses a few years ago, but the Otago Heritage Rose Group have done an unbelievably great job restoring the history and atmosphere in this gem, high in the hills overlooking the city. December was a wonderful time to see the old roses wind their way around the historic monuments to our pioneering past. Many old families, like the Larnachs and Thomas Bracken (of National anthem fame) rest here amongst the ancient trees and beautiful headstones.. and the lovely information sheets, help one to find their way around- I could have stayed all day.
    Written 10 February 2021
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  • JnVSydney
    Greater Sydney, Australia14,107 contributions
    Located very aptly at the mouth of the harbour, stands these (at least 6ft high) molars (teeth), six in number, we are lovers of all things monuments/sculptures/statues, as they tell you so much about the city and its people, these are just a bit of fun, quite controversial as they cost 10k each apparently. Worth a look especially if you love a walk, there is about 6k’s of path to enjoy.
    Written 9 June 2019
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  • Ernest Kung
    Diamond Bar, CA1,091 contributions
    This is one of those places that's not on many people's radars, but it's worth a visit for the excellent view. There's very limited parking on Highcliff Road where you can begin the climb up to the memorial. It starts with a staircase, followed by a steep but well-worn trail around farm fields.

    Perhaps complicating matters is the fact that there appear to be many names for this memorial. I'm calling it by what's engraved on the plaque at the base of the statue. It reads "Otago Peninsula Fallen Soldiers' Memorial".
    Written 5 August 2020
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  • Harrison
    4 contributions
    Cracking statue i must say. It makes me happy when I look at it? 7/10 would look at again. It reminds me of a dog.
    Written 3 April 2019
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  • AlpinerHut
    Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
    Otago Centennial Memorial marks the 1940 centenary of the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Of course, it wasn't finished until the 1950s, but who's counting?

    The memorial sits on a secondary summit of Signal Hill, adjoining Signal Hill Lookout (see my review, "Dunedin's top lookout"). It started as a block of basalt rock, sent from Edinburgh, Scotland, to signify the bond between Edinburgh and Scottish-founded Dunedin. In 1950, two sculptures were commissioned from New Zealand sculptor Francis Shurrock.  Installed in 1955, they are "Old Father History" and "The Thread of Life." "History" holds a book dated "1848-1948." Why? Because this memorial also remembers the centenary of the founding of Dunedin in 1848! "Thread" is modeled on the sculptor's wife, Elizabeth. The memorial was finally completed in 1957 with the installation of stone plaques (also done by Shurrock) showing the Otago provincial seal, the New Zealand fern and the Scottish thistle.

     
    TIPS:

    --If you're into geocaching, there's a cache here, the 13th oldest active cache on New Zealand's South Island.
    Written 24 December 2019
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  • AlpinerHut
    Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
    In 1928, Admiral Richard Byrd left from Dunedin on his first exploration of Antarctica (1928-1930). This statue was erected in his honor in Unity Park in the Dunedin suburb of Mornington. Ho-hum.

    And now the rest of the story . . . 

    The statue was done by Austrian-born American sculptor Felix de Weldon. Never heard of him, you say? Perhaps you've heard of his most famous work: the flag-raising statue at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, D.C.?

    There's another de Weldon statute of Byrd in Antarctica, and a copy of that one in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

    TIPS:

    --If you're viewing the statue, look around you for the nice view from Unity Park Lookout (see my review, "2nd best lookout in Dunedin").
    Written 24 December 2019
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