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The monument of Oliver Wardrop and his sister, Marjory Wardrop

The monument of Oliver Wardrop and his sister, Marjory Wardrop was inaugurated at the park behind the Parliament building in Tbilisi. The park was given the name of the English diplomat, translator and traveler during last year s Tbilisoba holiday and that was also when it was decided to put up the monument. 
 
Sir John Oliver Wardrop was a British diplomat, traveler and translator, primarily known as the United Kingdom s first Chief Commissioner of Transcaucasus in Georgia. In 1894 during his second journey to Georgia he mastered the Georgian language and published a series of books on Georgia, including his translation of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani s The Book of Wisdom and Lies.
 
As for his sister, Marjory, fluent in seven foreign languages, she also learned Georgian and traveled to Georgia (then part of Imperial Russia) in 1894-5 and 1896. She translated and published Georgian Folk Tales (London, 1894), The Hermit by Ilia Chavchavadze (London, 1895), The Life of St. Nino (Oxford, 1900), etc. She also made the first English prosaic translation of The Knight in the Panther s Skin, a medieval Georgian epic poem by Shota Rustaveli (published by Oliver Wardrop in London, 1912).
 
Based on the legacy left by Sir John Oliver Wardrop and his sister Marjory, in 2003 the Oxford University Georgian Society was founded. 
 
The monument of Oliver and Marjory Wardrops was inaugurated by the speaker of the parliament, Davit Usupashvili, the mayor of Tbilisi Davit Narmania and the president of Tbilisi assembly Giorgi Alibegashvili. The event was attended by British ambassador to Georgia, Alexandra Hall Hall. 
 
Looking at these two people, we will remember that Georgia has always had friends and supporters and that is why we had opportunities to spread our culture throughout the world. Today, our relationship with Great Britain is exemplary. Few days ago I was visiting Great Britain and its quite symbolic that our modern life follows the track these two great people, together with Georgian diplomats and Ilia Chavchavadze in particular, have marked for our nations.
 
The bronze monument of Oliver and Marjory Wardrops was created by a sculptor, Jumber Jikia. 
 
-I am highly honored to open the monument of the first foreign ambassador to Georgia, Oliver Wardrop, who made many good deeds in Georgia. More than a century has passed and its very hard to overestimate his merit. The cultural, social, political and other kinds of relationships between Georgia and the UK even today are influenced by everything Sir Oliver Wardrop has done,- the Tbilisi mayor, Davit Narmania has said. 
 
In 1909 the Marjory Wardrop Fund at Oxford University was created by Oliver Wardrop after his sister s death. Through it, Wardrop augmented his collection, which now consists of 1,454 items, of which 215 are periodicals and 73 are series. 
 
Based on the legacy left by Sir John Oliver Wardrop and his sister Marjory, in 2003 the Oxford University Georgian Society was founded.
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