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    Taiping rebellion memorial on Pekin Street, c. 1886, courtesy of Chinese Museum (Museum of Chinese Australian History).

Taiping rebellion memorial on Pekin Street
c. 1886
China - Shanghai - Beijing Street (Pekin Street)


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    Taiping rebellion memorial on Pekin Street
    c. 1886
    Handwritten caption: 'Shanghai 1886'. Newspaper clipping attached that reads: 'the second monument, that in memory of the "Ever Victorious Army," stands just outside the Public Garden on the road leading to the Ewo jetty. Unlike that of Margary it is of very plain workmanship; a monolyth in the form of an obelisk, about ten feet high, standing on a pedestal five feet high. The obelisk, hewn out of granite, bears the Chinese characters, [three Chinese characters], which, I am told, mean "Ever Victorious Army." The lower part has four bronze plates, of which the southern bears the subjoined inscription:-

    "In memory of the Officers of the Ever Victorious Army who were killed in action and died of wounds whilst serving against the Taiping Rebels, in the Province of Kiangsu, A.D. 1862-4."

    The other three bronze plates have inscribed on them the names of forty-eight officers, amongst whom is General Ward (the Father of the E.V.A.) and the names of the places where they fell; the troop to which they belonged is also specified. Four palm trees throw their shads on the monument. Whilst these lines are being written, there is a movement on foot to erect, in some suitable place, a memorial to the late Sir Harry Parkes; but whether this will become a fait accompli, is at present difficult to conjecture. Certain is that the late British Minister to Peking deserves a public memorial, as likewise does the dauntless leader of the "Ever Victorious Army," who later found a premature and ignominious end within the walls of Khartoum.'


    Mellerick Album, MEL; Chinese Museum (Museum of Chinese Australian History). Details

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