On Friday, National MP Judith Collins said if Kiwi activists want to start tearing down statues of homegrown racists, they could start with Richard Seddon. Extent includes part of the land described as Lot 1 DP 3239 (RT WS8B/652), Westland Land District and the structure known as Seddon Statue thereon. The labour movement was later to invoke his name and memory, claiming to carry on the humanitarian tradition of Seddonian Liberal politics. Accessed October 2013, at. He was known to reward loyalty above competence, which often found him having to compensate for his less capable Cabinet Ministers. Learn more about Richard John Seddon in his Dictionary of New Zealand Biography profile on Te Ara. Seddon was also regarded as a populist ruler, who praised British imperialism. According to The Life and Work of Richard John Seddon, published at the end of Seddon's time in office, he compared the Chinese to monkeys and called them a "nuisance" in other places they'd been allowed to settle. If you have any queries, please email [email protected] with ‘Seddon Memorial’ in the subject line or telephone (04) 499 4229. We are working quickly to carry out the work required to ensure the Memorial’s surroundings are made safe, and appropriate signage has been installed at the site. At the time the Government Buildings in Hokitika were being designed it was suggested to the Government Architect, John Campbell, that he set the building back 20 feet (approximately six metres) to allow the statue to be set in front of the building. The statue’s maker, Sir Thomas Brock, was an important sculptor of considerable renown. Now a '#DitchDick' campaign has begun to replace Seddon's statue with another "respected figure", or a carving or sculpture that "represents our bicultural heritage and modern values". Mit einem Klick auf OK bestätigen Sie, dass dieses Bild nur der laufenden Lizenz entsprechend genutzt wird. As Chris Maclean and Jock Philips point out, in their tome on New Zealand war memorials, it was rare at this time for the actual sculptural work to be undertaken in New Zealand. Updated 9 April 2013, last accessed October 2013, at, Hamer, David. It contains the remains of Rt Hon Richard Seddon (1845-1906) and Mrs Louisa Seddon (1851- 1931), daughter Mary Stuart Hay and a memorial to their son Richard John Spotswood Seddon who was killed in France in 1918.

Seddon is positioned with his back to the Parliament buildings, facing Molesworth Street, and by extension, the New Zealand public. The statue of Seddon erected at Hokitika is realistic in style, characteristic of the style of sculpture first associated with Pre-Raphaelite movement of the second half of the nineteenth century. Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions. The inscription, carved on a block of granite below the plinth, states 'Richard John Seddon/P.C. Parliament’s website says that it is one of the most photographed parts of the grounds. The right foot rests on two books, possibly legal, and a small twig breaks the hardness of the column.

Richard John Seddon's Memorial is located on the original site of Wellington's first Time Service Observatory at the Kinross Street entrance to the Bolton Street Cemetery. He twice served as New Zealand's Governor from 1845-1854 and from 1861-1868 and as Premier from 1877-1879. Seddon is immortalised in bronze on Parliament's grounds. "The statue of King George V in Matakana has been decapitated five times. David Hamer, 'Richard Seddon', in Claudia Orange (ed. Is the item part of a group of buildings, structures, or sites that taken together have coherence because of their age, history, style, scale, materials, or use?

Located under the memorial is the Seddon family tomb.