Story: Memorials and monuments

Memorials to Queen Victoria

From about 1897, as New Zealand became more prosperous, there was a widespread desire to endow cities with statues and monuments. The diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign in 1897 and her death in 1901, and the new enthusiasm for the British Empire unleashed by the South African War, led to seven memorials to Queen Victoria. Click on this map to see images of them and their locations.

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Jock Phillips, 'Memorials and monuments - Civilian memorials, 1900–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 26 Mar 2015