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Arthur’s Stone

Arthur’s Stone

In 1843, missionary Richard Taylor made this sketch of the column he erected to commemorate the death of his son Arthur in a horse-riding accident in 1840. It is the forerunner of the modern roadside cross, used to mark the site of fatal road accidents.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-296-q-034-1
Sepia and ink wash by Richard Taylor

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Road accidents - Growth in road injuries and deaths', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Dec 2014