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    Default 1883 Attack at a Liverpool Waxworks

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    This followed the May 1882 Phoenix Park murders in Dublin of two representatives of the British government, Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke, by Irish nationalists. Cavendish was the newly appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland, and Burke was the Permanent Undersecretary, the most senior Irish civil servant. The assassination was carried out by members of the "Irish National Invincibles".

    A year later four Invincibles or Irish sympathizers attacked a waxwork display of the murders at Allsopp's Waxworks Exhibition on Lime Street in Liverpool. The following was posted by my friend Howard Brown at JtR Forums.

    Illustrated Police News, July 7, 1883






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    Fascinating, Chris....any idea what happened to them?

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    Thanks, Steve. Offhand no. Do you mean the guys responsible or the waxworks? Interestingly Howard has dug up a number of stories of people attacking waxworks in the late nineteenth century, so the incident in Liverpool is by no means an isolated incident. Similar to people attacking artworks in our day, I suppose.
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    Thanks Chris, very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Thanks, Steve. Offhand no. Do you mean the guys responsible or the waxworks? Interestingly Howard has dug up a number of stories of people attacking waxworks in the late nineteenth century, so the incident in Liverpool is by no means an isolated incident. Similar to people attacking artworks in our day, I suppose.
    Hi Chris,I meant the attackers! I only recently heard of the murders in Phoenix park,when I visited Dublin,which brought home the degree of anti-english feeling,at the time! As there was a large Irish population here,just wondered if these type of incidents were common?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Hi all

    This followed the May 1882 Phoenix Park murders in Dublin of two representatives of the British government, Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke, by Irish nationalists. Cavendish was the newly appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland, and Burke was the Permanent Undersecretary, the most senior Irish civil servant. The assassination was carried out by members of the "Irish National Invincibles".

    A year later four Invincibles or Irish sympathizers attacked a waxwork display of the murders at Allsopp's Waxworks Exhibition on Lime Street in Liverpool. The following was posted by my friend Howard Brown at JtR Forums.

    Illustrated Police News, July 7, 1883



    Interesting stuff Chris. Nice one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Thanks, Steve. Offhand no. Do you mean the guys responsible or the waxworks? Interestingly Howard has dug up a number of stories of people attacking waxworks in the late nineteenth century, so the incident in Liverpool is by no means an isolated incident. Similar to people attacking artworks in our day, I suppose.
    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Hi Chris,I meant the attackers! I only recently heard of the murders in Phoenix park,when I visited Dublin,which brought home the degree of anti-english feeling,at the time! As there was a large Irish population here,just wondered if these type of incidents were common?
    I thought that is what you meant. Howard Brown is following up for us to see if he can learn anything about the sentencing of the attackers. Reading the news report, it's a bit hard to tell if this was just an incident involving Liverpool roughs, albeit it seems, Irish immigrants, or an actual attack by members of the Invincibles. The fact that the display on the Phoenix Park murders was targeted would suggest the latter.

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    Here is an article about the men being bound over for trial. Howard will see if there is anything on whatever sentences they received, presuming they would be found guilty as might be expected.

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    Chris:

    The IPN article is dated July 7th, 1883.
    However, the incident occurred on June 16th ( a Saturday ) in Liverpool.

    Liverpool Mercury
    June 19, 1883
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    Here's an article on the indictment of the attackers.

    Liverpool Mercury
    July 9, 1883
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    Attacks on waxworks were by no means rare as shown by the following article found by Howard Brown at JtR Forums --

    Illustrated Police News
    January 14,1899
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