Close-up of Balfour

Alexander Balfour

Albert Bruce-Joy, 1842-1924


Bronze on a granite pedestal

St John's Gardens, Liverpool

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  • Balfour (1824-1886) was born in Fife, Scotland, but became another of Liverpool's many merchants and ship-owners. According to the inscription on the monument, he devoted his life to good works on behalf of sailors, and "the education of the people." He funded orphanages for sailors' children, a seaman's institute, and so on, and actively supported the Temperance Society, turning sailors' taverns into cocoa rooms — not something that would have made him very popular these days (see "Balfour, Alexander").

    Photograph, caption, and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2009.

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