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June 12, 2004
Ned Hanlan monument welcomed to new home on Toronto Islands
  
A monument honouring Canadian rowing legend Ned Hanlan was welcomed to its new
home during a re-dedication ceremony held at Hanlan's Point on the Toronto
Islands today. Created in 1926 by sculptor Emanuel Hahn, the Ned Hanlan
monument was moved from the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition to
Hanlan's Point on the Toronto Islands. Hanlan's Point is named for Hanlan's
family who lived on the island and ran a hotel there.

Ned Hanlan started rowing at the age of six. His first competition was the
Toronto Bay Championship in 1873. From there, Hanlan went on to win provincial,
national and international rowing titles. He defended his world title, first
won in 1880, on six occasions. Hanlan retired from competitive rowing in 1894.
In addition to his renowned rowing expertise, from 1890 to 1900, Hanlan served
as an Alderman for the City of Toronto. Hanlan died in 1908 at the age of 52.
In 1986, Hanlan was the subject of the movie "The Boy in Blue," starring
Nicolas Cage.

"I am delighted to be here today to recognize Ned Hanlan's contribution to
Canadian rowing as well as his relationship with the Toronto Islands," said Pam
McConnell, Councillor, Ward 28, Toronto Centre - Rosedale. "People arriving on
the ferry will be greeted by a formidable monument depicting one of Toronto's
and Canada's sports legends."

"It is very apropos that the Ned Hanlan monument has been moved to the Toronto
Islands, and in particular Hanlan's Point," said Rita Davies, Executive
Director of Toronto Culture. "It is a beautiful work of art, illustrating one
of Canada's rowing champions, at a place he and his family once called home."

With a granite base and a sculpture cast in bronze, the Ned Hanlan monument
measures about nine metres in height. In order to move it from the CNE grounds
to Hanlan's Point, the sculpture was removed and transferred by ferry to the
Toronto Islands where it was stored until the base was brought over. The base,
moved in one piece to prevent damage, was transported on a flat bed truck to
Cherry Beach, where it was then transferred to a barge to take it over to the
island. Once there, the base was lowered into the new foundation, and the
bronze sculpture of Hanlan was reinstalled. The process took about 15 days over
a two-month period.

The artist of the Ned Hanlan monument, Emanuel Hahn, was born in 1881, in
Wurttemberg, Germany. He moved to Canada and became a member of the Ontario
Society of Artists. He worked as a sculptural designer, and then as an
instructor at the Ontario College of Art. Hahn designed several monuments,
medals and Canadian coins. Hahn died in 1957.

Included in the homecoming event were an exhibition rowing race, a pageantry
performance by Shadowland Theatre Inc. and a special water salute by the
William Lyon Mackenzie fireboat, operated by Toronto Fire Services, at the
city's harbour. In addition, Ned Hanlan memorabilia was on display.

Media contact:
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Hotline,
416-560-8726



 

 

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