Public Art : Reed Monument
Sculptor : © W. Parkinson
Description : The Reed Monument is a
memorial to early New
Zealand journalist George Mccullagh Reed. The fountain is made from Timaru limestone and features a statue of a young girl on
top which has been removed several times over the years due to
Unveiled : 1901
Location : The Reed Monument can be found in Albert
Park, Auckland, New Zealand.
Erected in loving remembrance of G.M Reed B.A. of Auckland, journalist. For the future in the distance
and the good that we can do. 1901.
This statue was presented by W. Parkinson and Co. Sculptors Auckland 1901
So Who Was Mr George Mccullagh Reed? : Mr Reed was
born in County Monaghan in Ireland c.1831. After graduating from the Queen's College in Belfast he was ordained as
a clergyman of the Presbyterian Church. In 1858 he headed to Australia, married and then later, in 1870, left
for New Zealand where he began his new life as a newspaper man.
He first started by establishing the Auckland “Evening Star” newspaper. Six year later he
sold out his interest and founded the "Guardian" newspaper in Dunedin and purchased the "Otago Daily Times". With
itchy feet once more, he sold his interests in Dunedin and took up a position in Ireland as emigration agent for
New Zealand during Sir George Grey's administration. In 1884 he started
the "Anglo-New Zealander" newspaper in London and also became an English correspondent for the “New Zealand Herald”
and several other newspapers.
By 1886 he was on the move again, this time back to New Zealand where he became editor of the
Auckland “Evening Bell”. Three years later he moved to Melbourne to work at the “Evening Standard,” but that didn't
last long, a year later (1890) he became the lead writer for the "Sydney Morning Herald". In 1895 Reed returned to
Auckland and became lead writer for the "New Zealand Herald" under the pen-name 'Colonus'. On the 13th of November,
1898 George Mccullagh Reed died suddenly of a heart attack.
Trivia : In 1883, Reed, as an April Fool's joke,
reported that Noah's Ark had been discovered intact in a glacier on Mt Ararat. Needless to say his story was picked
up and reprinted by newspapers all over the world.