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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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The most popular form of memorial to eminent people during the Victorian period was the lifelike statue or effigy. It was usually mounted on a pedestal containing an appropriate explanatory tablet. In New Zealand a considerable number of statues, many of poor artistic quality, commemorate Royalty, political leaders, explorers, missionaries, and pioneers. A statue of Queen Victoria was frequently used to express loyalty to the Crown. In the grounds of Parliament Buildings, Wellington, are statues to two former Prime Ministers, John Ballance, and R. J. Seddon. At Auckland there are statues to Sir George Grey and John Logan Campbell, while Christchurch has honoured such pioneers as Moorhouse, Godley, and FitzGerald – the last two are outstanding works of art – and the great Antarctic explorer, Captain Scott. It is not surprising that Dunedin, founded by Scottish settlers, has erected a statue to Robert Burns in the fine setting of the Octagon.

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