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Old August 23rd, 2009, 08:36 AM   #41
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That is very interesting! I enjoyed reading that. I love the Sevastopol cannons, and have photographed them a number of times. $7,500 was a small fortune back in 1871, and I don't blame them for being shocked!
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Old July 30th, 2010, 07:32 PM   #42
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Queen reigns on after rise from an Irish bog
22 August 2009
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A familiar statue of Victoria had a strange republican interlude, writes Ann Beveridge

THE statue of Queen Victoria, which has long stood outside the historic building that bears her name, was rescued by chance. The abandoned image of the once mighty empress had been lying in an Eire field for 40 years, when she was rescued and shipped to the other side of the world to Australia.

The 4.5m, four-tonne bronze statue was given to Sydney by the Republic of Ireland in a spirit of goodwill. Privately, they were glad to see the back of her. She was placed on her present site outside the George St entrance to the Queen Victoria Building in 1987.

On Tuesday, the QVB will unveil the completion of its latest facelift, a six-year $48 million renovation. The work will be open to the public from Wednesday. The QVB's last major restoration was finished in 1986 by the Malaysian company Ipoh Garden Berhad.

In this latest transformation, the QVB will further reflect its original 1898 design by then Sydney city architect George McRae, who created the Romanesque Revival building.

The Scot McRae, appointed city architect in 1887 at the age of 28, was commissioned by the City Council in 1892 to create new plans for what was then known as Queen Victoria Markets. He had already designed Belmore Markets, the fish markets at Woolloomooloo and Centennial Hall (Sydney Town Hall). Now, McRae saw the huge city block-sized site next door to the Town Hall as his chance to stamp his architectural mark on the centre of Sydney. Built on the site of the original 1810 Sydney Markets, his new vision had to equal the great shopping emporiums of Europe. The building opened on July 21, 1898.

The controversial seated figure of Queen Victoria created by Irish sculptor John Hughes (1865 -1941), unveiled by her son King Edward VII in 1904, previously stood in front of Leinster House, Dublin, which became the house of parliament of the Irish Free State. Irish tempers were increasingly inflamed at the sight of the throned British monarch with royal regalia, crown, orb and sceptre still there, gazing frostily down upon them.

After all the years of troubles and potato famine, Dublin-born writer James Joyce referred to this statue of Queen Victoria as Auld Bitch, also known as the famine queen. It has been described as surely the ugliest image ever done of the queen.

By 1947 the Irish had had enough. The giant statue was dumped into the courtyard of the Kilmairnhan Royal Hospital, along with disused state carriages. From there it was banished to farmland owned by the Irish government at Daingean, County Offally. She was even put up for sale -- but nobody bid for the down-at-heel old queen. Finally, she was consigned to the bog where she was found.

In 1983, Sydney City Council had begun a world-wide search for an unwanted statue of Britain's longest reigning monarch. It would put the finishing touch to its refurbished QVB.

A friend of the QVB, Neil Glasser, spent almost three years over 23 countries searching -- in vain, until Eric Turner, a director of Sydney real-estate group L. J. Hooker, told how, years earlier, he was walking across the Bog of Allen, on his way home from an Irish pub, when the moon popped out from behind a cloud. He saw this glaring greenish giantess with a luminous face. It took another 45 phone calls for Glasser to track her down. She left Dublin by ship in a container on which Glasser painted the words: ``Queen Victoria going down to glorious sunny Sydney''.

The QVB creator, George McRae, was responsible for many of the city's architectural gems at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries. He was born in Edinburgh in 1858. He was established as an architect before he came to Australia with his father in 1884.

In 1895, he married Katie Prescott, 28. The McRaes had four children.

In 1897 McRae was appointed principal assistant architect to Walter Liberty Vernon, whom he succeeded as government architect from 1912 till his death. McRae continued many of Vernon's prime works including Central Railway Station and the Fisher Library, Sydney University. He also designed the Education Department building (1912), Parcels Post Office (1913), parts of Taronga Zoo and additions to the Colonial Treasury Building in Bridge St.

McRae died in office aged 65, in 1923. He left a lasting legacy of beauty, elegance and splendor to the Harbour City.
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Old August 4th, 2010, 05:21 PM   #43
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A queen’s welcome: Victoria’s stormy affair with Ireland
26 June 2010
The Irish Examiner

IF Queen Elizabeth deigns to come to Cork during her State visit to Ireland, they may have to do a bit of heavy lifting at UCC. A statue of her predecessor, Queen Victoria, once held pride of place on the roof of the college’s Aula Maxima when it was Queen’s University Cork.

In the 1940s the tribute to Her Majesty was unceremoniously dumped as too much for republican sensibilities by the college’s president, Alfred O’Rahilly. It might also have been payback from O’Rahilly as he had been twice held at the Sovereign’s Pleasure.

Her likeness now lies adjacent to the staff common room, which, of course, means that the staff can enjoy tea with the queen whenever they like. A photograph on UCC’s website shows Victoria taking a back seat to the Liam McCarthy Cup.

But if the staff want to enjoy the real thing with the current British monarch, it might be considered appropriate not to leave Queen Vic out in a dusty hallway.

Another statue of Queen Victoria sculpted by Irishman John Hughes was erected in front of Leinster House in Dublin in 1924 and removed in 1947 after years of criticism that it was inappropriate to have the queen’s likeness stand in front of the parliament of the Irish Free State. After years in storage the statue was given by the Republic of Ireland to Australia and re-commemorated in December 1987 to stand outside the Queen Victoria Building in the centre of Sydney.

Ever since Queen Victoria planted her royal rear on Lord Kenmare’s overstuffed carver, Killarney has been subject to an array of superlatives. ‘Heaven’s Reflex...’ ‘Beauty’s Home...’, ‘The place that God made when he was in good humour...’ have all sought to reflect the beauty and majesty of what is still Ireland’s premier tourist destination.

The queen went there with her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861, along with their two children, Alice and Helena, and a posse of ladies-in-waiting. She was, by all accounts, so struck by its beauty that she couldn’t stop talking about it.

Although the queen had visited Ireland on two previous occasions, in 1849 and 1853, this was the first time that Kerry was included in her itinerary.

The royal party stayed the night of Monday, August 26, 1861, at Killarney House, home of the Earl of Kenmare.

They then travelled on to Muckross, home of the Herbert family, where they spent the following two nights. The queen’s visit to Killarney House was very much a state occasion. However, her stay at Muckross was a more private affair.

The genuflecting local press reported that Her Majesty "had declared her intention of being ‘very quiet’ while at Muckross". (The Kerry Evening Post, August 28, 1861).

As every schoolgirl knows, Queen Victoria was not easily amused. She was particularly enchanted, though, by a stunning view across the lakes and declared that such was its beauty it should only be gazed upon by ladies. Ever since, it has become known as Ladies’ View.

Queen Victoria was the last British queen to visit Ireland. She developed a great grá for the country, particularly during her early reign, and is credited with having put Killarney and its lakes on the tourist map. Her love of the country was matched by initial Irish warmth towards the young queen but things began to go pear-shaped during the Great Famine.

The queen is said to have personally donated £2,000 for famine relief. However, when Sultan Abdulmecid of the Ottoman Empire declared that he would send £10,000 in aid, Queen Victoria requested that he send only £1,000, to save her blushes. The Sultan sent the £1,000 but also secretly sent three ships full of food. British courts tried to block the ships, but the food arrived at Drogheda harbour and was left there by Ottoman sailors.

Victoria’s first official visit to Ireland, in 1849, was specifically arranged by Lord Clarendon, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland — the head of the British administration — to try to both draw attention from the famine and alert British politicians through the queen’s presence to the seriousness of the crisis in Ireland. Despite the negative impact of the famine on the queen’s popularity she remained popular enough for many Irish nationalists at party meetings to finish by singing God Save the Queen.

In 1853 she attended the Great Industrial Exhibition in Dublin. More than one million people attended and Victoria knighted the architect of the exhibition, John Benson.

However, by the 1870s and 1880s the monarchy’s appeal in Ireland had diminished substantially, partly because Victoria refused to visit Ireland in protest at the Dublin Corporation’s decision not to congratulate her son, the Prince of Wales on either his marriage to Princess Alexandra of Denmark or the birth of the royal couple’s oldest son, Prince Albert Victor.

Queen Victoria had also felt deeply hurt after Dublin Corporation had returned a bust of her beloved late husband Albert, which she sent as a gift to the people of Dublin. In addition, she had felt hurt by the indignation at the suggestion to place a statue of Albert on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, and to rename it ‘Albert Green’. It has been theorised that these perceived insults to her darling Albert’s memory hardened her views of the Irish people.

Now that the best of enemies have become the best of friends, the visit of Elizabeth II will doubtless be welcomed by closet royalists and liberal republicans or, as President McAleese puts it, the visit of the Queen will show to the world "how old enemies can become good neighbours".
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Old August 8th, 2010, 08:00 PM   #46
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oohh very nice places...
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Queen Victoria is back to her best
4 February 2011
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BIRMINGHAM'S famous statue of Queen Victoria will be returned to its former glory today when her missing sceptre is returned. The restoration of the bronze tribute, created in marble by sculptor Thomas Brock following the Queen's death in 1901, follows detective work by the Victorian Society.

Victoria's sceptre, cradled in her right hand, has been missing its top, known as a capital, since the early 1990s.

The missing capital was amended to incorporate the Star of India in 1908. The Victorian Society unearthed photographs of the original and, working with the city council, commissioned Eura Conservation to recreate it.

Society regional chairman Stephen Hartland said: "Many of our campaigns are large but we are also able to call on our knowledge and expertise in smaller matters."

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Coun Martin Mullaney, said: "This took a bit of detective work but now the statue can be restored to its former glory."

The statue was recast in bronze by William Boyle in 1958.
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Pictures of the one in Toronto at our Legislative Buildings, yesterday:





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Life-sized QV statue in Penang.


In the city-centre of Penang, a clocktower stands to commemorate QV's diamond jubilee, 60-ft tall for 60 yrs of reign (egg-like structure on the right represents a nutmeg, a cash crop of colonial Penang)


A QV fountain in Dutch Square, Malacca



and also in Independence Square, Kuala Lumpur (my grandfather used to play in the water when he was a kid!)
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Queen Victoria statue in Nice, France. The statue was erected because the Queen used to travel over there. The 4 little girls represent the near cities of Nice, Grasse, Cannes and Menton.
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A statue of Queen Victoria still stands in the former crown colony of Aden, Yemen.
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1. How many statues of the "Queen Empress" would you stumble upon if you walked from Madrid to Vladivostok (9,700 km in a straight line)? Maybe none.

As others have mentioned, there are Victoria Statues on Malta, Cyprus and Gibraltar.
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There is another statue of the Queen in Kimberley,South Africa.It was cast from the same mould as the statues in Hong Kong and Toronto.
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[QUOTE=diegodbs;23352172]Things that perhaps Bill Taylor -feature writer with the Toronto Star- should know:

1. How many statues of the "Queen Empress" would you stumble upon if you walked from Madrid to Vladivostok (9,700 km in a straight line)? Maybe none. That means it is much much much later than sooner. Does Mr. Taylor think that 9,700 km is a short distance?


A straight line from Madrid to Vladivostok takes you along the coast at Nice. There is a statue of Queen Victoria in Nice.
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