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Weʼre raising £4,865 to restore the grave of the photographer John Thomson (1837-1921)

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Help restore the grave of John Thomson.

The final resting place of the great photographer John Thomson (1837 - 1921) is in a south London cemetery. Regrettably, the badly eroded headstone has fallen over and is lying flat on the ground. The inscription is barely legible.

Scottish photographer John Thomson was one of the first to extensively document the Far East between 1862-1872. He photographed in China, Thailand and Cambodia, publishing his images in a series of books. In association with Adolphe Smith, he produced the seminal 'Street Life in London' (1876-77), a visual and written survey of the people of London.

Thomson was a member of the Photographic Society (later the Royal Photographic Society) from 1879, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

John Thomson's photographs provide a rich and lasting visual record of the Far East. It is fitting that we restore his grave as a renewed memorial to the man and his work. Funds raised will go towards the restoration of the gravestone and a rededication event.

John Thomson Grave Restoration Committee:
Terry Bennett, Michael Pritchard, Jamie Carstairs, Geoff Harris, Deborah Ireland & Betty Yao

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  • Betty Yao5 months ago
    Betty Yao

    Betty Yao

    5 months ago

    Thanks to your generous support we have very nearly reached the target! The Committee will be commissioning the head stone and exploring various options of a rededication event. Once we close this Just Giving site we will not be able to contact you unless you have already given us your email via: Anyone who donated before mid June and not yet emailed us, please do so as soon as you can. Look forward to keeping in touch!

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  • Betty Yao7 months ago
    Betty Yao

    Betty Yao

    7 months ago

    Thanks for your donations so far! If we reach our goal, and you would like to be invited to the rededication ceremony, please email; JustGiving's privacy settings mean we won't have any way of contacting you otherwise.

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  • Betty Yao8 months ago
    Betty Yao

    Betty Yao

    8 months ago
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Page last updated on: 9/1/2018 11:48 PM



  • Anonymous


    Sep 1, 2018

  • Roddy Cameron

    Roddy Cameron

    Aug 23, 2018


  • Rowan De Saulles

    Rowan De Saulles

    Aug 20, 2018

    Well done Betty! SO pleased you've nearly reached your target.


  • Weipin


    Aug 1, 2018

    What a wonderful project!!


  • S A Hitchin

    S A Hitchin

    Jul 30, 2018

    So pleased you are almost there. S Hitchin


  • Steven F. Joseph

    Steven F. Joseph

    Jul 30, 2018

    The more we understand and appreciate Thomson’s work, the more his memory deserves to be concretely honoured.


  • Jim Stewart

    Jim Stewart

    Jul 25, 2018

    Well done Betty, a very worthy outcome to your magnificent efforts to promote John Thomson's work worldwide. I'm delighted to participate.


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