Saturday, July 4, 2015

Historic Figure: Winston Churchill Halifax, NS, Canada

Winston Churchill
Halifax, NS, Canada


N 44° 38.633 W 063° 34.461




Short Description: 

A massive statue of Winston Churchill is located outside the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Long Description:

Sometimes the image of a person is so unique that no further identification is necessary. Such is the case of the standing statue of Winston Churchill outside the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library. The statue was created by Croatian-born sculptor Oscar Nemon and based on a photograph taken of Churchill when he visited Halifax in 1943.

The massive bronze statue depicts the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom wearing his characteristic three piece suit and bow tie. He is walking with his left foot forward and his hands behind his back. The statue is 10' tall and weighs 1.5 tons. It was unveiled on January 20, 1980.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was the son of Lord Randolph Churchill and the American socialite Jeanette Jerome. He was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst and served with distinction in the British army during the Boer War. His political careen began when became a Member of Parliament in 1900.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. From May 1940 until 1945 he was Prime Minister and Minister of Defence as inspired and led the British through World War II. In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II conferred on Knighthood on Winston Churchill and, in 1963, President Kennedy awarded him honorary United States citizenship.

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