Statues - Hither & Thither
George Eden, 1st Earl of AucklandBeckenham, Kent 1784 - Hampshire 1849
English Whig politician and colonial administrator; Governor-General of India, 1836-1842
in 1840 governor hobson named this
city after lord auckland from whom
he had received command of h.m.s.
rattlesnake when lord auckland was
first lord of the admiralty in 1834.
lord auckland served as governor-
general of india from 1835 to 1842 and
this statue of him stood in calcutta
from 1848 to 1969 when it was presented
by the government of west bengal
to the city of auckland.
the transportation of the statue to
auckland and its erection on this
site was arranged and financed by
the new zealand insurance co. ltd. as
a gift to its home city.
h. weeks, sculptor & founder, 1848.
The statue of George Eden, the Earl of Auckland, deserves special mention among all the statues sculpted during the British regime. Auckland stayed in India as the Governor General for six years (1836 - 1842). After his retirement, he left India and went back to England. His statue was erected in the Auckland Circus Garden in the east of the Eden Gardens. The Earl was so much loved by the people of Calcutta that they collected a fund for making his statue after his departure from India. The statue was sculpted by Henri Wicks (!), an English sculptor. However, in 1969, this statue was removed from its original position.