1913 Livingstone Centenary


Celebrations marking a hundred years since the birth of explorer, David Livingstone took place in 1913.

These were undertaken nationally and locally throughout that year – the Rt Hon.Earl Curzon of Kedleston, as Chairman of the Geographical Society said at a meeting at Burlington House, London – “As a missionary, Livingstone was the sincere and zealous servant of God”.

Locally, in Blantyre a statue of David Livingstone made of bronze by Mr. A.Kellock Brown, Glasgow was placed in the niche reserved for it in the tower of Livingstone Memorial Church on Glasgow Road. The statue fully six feet high and showing Dr. Livingstone with a Bible in his left hand and his right hand extended in preaching attitude, was unveiled by his daughter, Mrs. A.M Livingstone Wilson. The inscription reads- “This statue erected by public subscription to the memory of David Livingstone born 19th March 1813, at Blantyre, died 4th May 1873 at Chitambo, Illala, Africa. Unveiled by his daughter Mrs Livingstone Wilson 15th March 1913.”

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017

Pictured here by Jim Brown, the Livingstone statue adorns a temporary Malawian flag.

On social media:

Elizabeth O’Brien Another lovely Church in Blantyre
Marian Maguire I never knew that was put there on the hundredth anniversary. Lovely building.
Jim McSorley Looks like a Kenyan flag

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