Queen Victoria Statue in Albert Park
Public Art : Queen Victoria statue
Sculptor : © Francis James Williamson (1833-1920)
Description : A bronze statue of Queen Victoria
perched atop a Peterhead granite base.
Location : Albert Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Date Unveiled : The Queen Victoria statue was
unveiled by Lord Ranfurly (then Governor of New Zealand) in Albert Park as a Diamond Jubilee project on May 24 1899
(Queen Victoria's 80th birthday).
Erected by the People of the Provincial district of Auckland to commemorate the 60th year of the reign
of Her Most Gracious Majesty Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India 1897.
Unveiled by His Excellency the Earl of Ranfurly May 24 1899.
So Who Was Queen Victoria? : Queen Victoria (1819 -1901) was the
longest reigning monarch of Britain (total of 63 years, seven months and two days), denying her son Edward VII the throne for nearly 65 years. Her other claim to fame was that during her rule the
British Empire was in virtual peace, no wars or major conflicts. It became known as the 'Pax
Britannica' or 'British Peace'. The love of her life was Prince Albert . When he died, the Queen took to wearing black and became somewhat of a recluse,
very rarely venturing out from behind the walls of Windsor and earning the nickname the "Widow of Windsor".
She blamed her son Edward VII for her husband's death because she believed he had contracted typhoid fever
whilst sorting out one of Edward's playboy "messes" in Cambridge. His mother was quoted as saying "I
never can, or shall, look at him without a shudder."