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    Margary memorial, c. 1886, courtesy of Chinese Museum (Museum of Chinese Australian History).

Margary memorial
c. 1886
China - Shanghai


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    Margary memorial
    c. 1886
    Newspaper clipping reads: 'The "Margary Memorial," which faces the British consular Buildings and was unveiled in June 1880, is a neat and graceful structure, about forty feet high. It is after the Gothic style. The monument’s base, built of Ningpo green stone, is surrounded by stone steps. From it rise a column and four shafts with trefoil arches and ornamental gablets, each containing a shield. At the base, between the shafts, couch the figures of four lions, while the whole is surmounted by a spire and a wrought iron query? The carving in the memorial was executed in London; its total cost, about £1,5000, was raised by public subscription, Shanghai being the principal donor. On the front of the base there is a bronze plate which bears the following inscription:- "Heroes who in animated marble frown And legislators who seem to think in stone" "In Memory of Augustus Raymond Margary, of Her Majesty’s Consular Service in China. Already awarded the Albert and Royal Humane Society’s Medals for his conspicuous gallantry in saving the crews of three vessels wrecked during a typhoon at Kelung, in Formosa: he was chosen in 1874, by Her Majesty’s Minister, to cross China alone, to meet and guide an Expedition, having for its object the opening of a Trade Route between that country and Burmah. After safely accomplishing this journey, he was murdered on his return, near Manwyue, in Yunnan, on the 21st February, 1875. Age 28. This Monument is erected by foreign residents in China as a token of their esteem for the friend whom they have lost, and of their appreciation of the services which he rendered."'

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

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