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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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