Story: Memorials and monuments

Godley statue: unveiling, 1867 (1st of 3)

Godley statue: unveiling, 1867

Thomas Woolner's statue of John Robert Godley, the founder of the Canterbury settlement, was unveiled on 6 August 1867 before a crowd of 2,000. It was the first memorial statue in New Zealand. The memorial was originally sited in the middle of Cathedral Square in Christchurch.

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Canterbury Museum
Reference: 1944.78.319
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Jock Phillips, 'Memorials and monuments - 19th-century memorials', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

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