But the last shall be first and the first shall be last: May the Lord in His mercy be kind to Belfast

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A monument to Sir E. J. Harland in Belfast takes us up north of the border (which is in the news) today, and gives me an opportunity to quote from Maurice Craig's wonderful poem. Harland is a name that is synonymous with Belfast - but I confess to know very little about the bearer of that name, can you enlighten me?

And so I have learned something - including his apparent like of the odd cigar :) While Edward James Harland is perhaps best known for his shipbuilding activities, his Wikipedia article also lists him as a politician. And he was Mayor and later MP for Belfast for a period. This statue was one of several by Thomas Brock on the grounds of Belfast's city hall. Though in a broad catalogue range (1860s-1910s), this image was likely captured within a few years of the statue's unveiling - in mid-1903.....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. After c.1903 (statue)
NLI Ref: L_ROY_00260

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 27/Sep/2018 07:50:45

    Wikipedia article The picture of the statue in the article suggests it may have been moved or rotated...?

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    • 27/Sep/2018 08:16:19

    Photo by shrighley, 2012 www.flickr.com/photos/shrighley/7113742437/ The statue was unveiled on 23 June 1903 www.titanicmemorials.co.uk/post/memorial/edward+harland+s...

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    domenico milella

    • 27/Sep/2018 08:18:12

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Sep/2018 09:33:20

    I like his whiskers.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 27/Sep/2018 09:46:09

    Per the DIA this is by Sir Thomas Brock, who also did: "Unidentified" = City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast also an equestiran statue of Gough in the Park in the archive, as well as a Titianic memorial and a WW1 memorial in belfast.

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    • 27/Sep/2018 10:12:35

    shipbuilder: www.theyard.info/timeline/timeline.asp

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    • 27/Sep/2018 10:59:05

    In 1874 Edward Harland recruited William James Pirrie, a former apprentice at the company as a partner; Pirrie would later become chairman of the company, and was given the task of finding buyers and negotiating deals. Harland was once asked the nature of the three men's business relationship and replied: "Well, Wolff designs the ships, Pirrie sells them and I smoke the firm's cigars."
    From - www.gracesguide.co.uk/Edward_James_Harland

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    • 27/Sep/2018 11:19:51

    Wolff, Wilson, Pirrie, and Harland on the right - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/shrighley/6982339711/]via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/shrighley/]

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    • 27/Sep/2018 12:39:21

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Lol!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Sep/2018 19:38:19

    LOL indeed [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] - that one had to get a mention in the (updated) description :) As well as borrowing heavily from the Wikkpedia article which [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] linked, I've also mapped this image alongside the other Brock statue which [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] reminded us of... Thanks all!

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    • 28/Sep/2018 00:12:23

    A link to his obituary in a San Francisco paper, down at the bottom of the center column. chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85066387/1895-12-25/ed-...