Dr David Livingstone

Margaret  Hyde

Ulverstone, Australia

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353 viewings on 19 March, 2015.

This statue of Dr David Livingstone is beside the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Born in Scotland on 19 March, 1813, he began work as a piecer in a cotton mill at the age of 10, progressing to the position of spinner working 12 hour days. From 1838 – 40 he attended the Charing Cross Hospital Medical School.

Livingstone was very religious and very anti slavery. He went to Africa as a missionary about 1852 and was the first Westerner to see Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders) waterfall which he renamed Victoria Falls in honour of the English Queen.

He was one of the first westerners to make the transcontinental crossing of Africa. He carried out extensive exploration in Africa despite bouts of extreme illness. After his death, 1 May, 1873, his heart was removed before his body was released for return to England for burial in Westminster Abbey, London. His heart was buried at the site of this memorial. The Africans had put a note on the body – “You can have his body but his heart belongs in Africa”

Livinstone had married Mary Moffat and had 6 children, only three of whom married and had children.

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