Fridtjof Hansen 2011
This statue of ‘The Father of New Plymouth’ was erected in New Plymouth’s Robe Street Gardens in 2011 in memory of the chief surveyor of the Plymouth Company who was sent to New Zealand to choose a site for new settlement of colonists from the West Country of England.
In 1841 Carrington settled on an area between the Te Henui and Huatoki Streams for the new township. He produced a survey map of the future New Plymouth, including 2,267 quarter-acre sections, and also set out more than 200 50-acre suburban sections and 1,150 50-acre rural sections toward Waitara.
Carrington returned to England in 1843, but came back to New Plymouth in 1857 where he settled. He served as government engineer and surveyor for Taranaki, and later as provincial superintendent , member of the House of Representatives, and first chairman of the New Plymouth Harbour Board.
His name is perpetuated in the naming of Carrington Street and Carrington Road, and a marble tablet in St.Mary’s Cathedral honours him as ‘The Father of New Plymouth’.
The project to erect the statue was organised by the Taranaki branch of the NZ Institute of Surveyors who commissioned local sculptor, Fridtjof Hansen, to create the work.
Funding of the required $124,000 was raised through various sources, including a New Zealand Lotteries grant and a grant from the Taranaki Savings Bank Community Trust.
As there was a shortfall in funding the Art in Public Places Trust agreed to underwrite to project for approximately $55,000, eventually paying $42,000 of that amount.