Story: Memorials and monuments

Sir George Grey statue, Auckland (2nd of 7)

Sir George Grey statue, Auckland

A memorial to Sir George Grey – seen here in 1912 – was unveiled at the junction of Queen Street and Grey's Avenue in 1904. In 1922 the statue was declared a traffic hazard and was moved to Albert Park. The sculptor was Francis John Williamson, a London artist, who was also responsible for Auckland's Queen Victoria statue. Proposals for a memorial in honour of Grey had begun in 1894 when he was still alive. Following his death there was a widespread desire to honour a man regarded as one of the colony's 'great men'. The government contributed £1,000 (more than $163,000 in 2011 terms) towards the monument's cost. A Waitangi Day protest in 1987 saw the statue's head broken off, but it was later replaced.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: 1-W1302
Photograph by Henry Winkelmann

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Memorials and monuments - Civilian memorials, 1900–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/32552/sir-george-grey-statue-auckland (accessed 7 August 2020)

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