Memorial

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Bust: Ferdinand de Meeûs

{Carved into the plinth:}
Comte Ferdinand de Meeûs, 1798 - 1861

{On the metal plaque attached to the plinth:}
Stele raised to the memory of Count Ferdinand de Meeûs on the occasion of the millennium of the town of Brussels, 1979
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Founder of the civil society for the enlargement and improvement of the town of Brussels, 1837, and of the Leopold area.
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Member of the National Congress, 1830 - 1831
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Member of the House of Representatives, 1832 - 1845
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Governor of the Belgian General Society for the Encouragement of the National Industry, 1830 - 1861

Original inscription:

{Carved into the plinth:}
COMTE
FERDINAND
DE MEEÛS
1798 - 1861

{On the metal plaque attached to the plinth:}
STELE
ELEVEE A LA MEMOIRE DU
COMTE FERDINAND DE MEEÛS
A L’OCCASION DU
MILLENAIRE DE LA VILLE DE BRUXELLES
1979
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FONDATEUR
DE LA
SOCIETE CIVILE POUR
L’AGRANDISSEMENT ET L’EMBELLISSEMENT
DE LA VILLE DE BRUXELLES
1837
ET DU
QUARTIER LEOPOLD
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MEMBRE DU CONGRES NATIONAL
1830 - 1831
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MEMBRE DE LA
CHAMBRE DES REPRESENTANTS
1832 - 1845
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GOUVERNEUR
DE LA
SOCIETE GENERALE DE BELGIQUE
POUR FAVORISER L’INDUSTRIE NATIONALE
1830 - 1861

The bust, placed here in 1979, has been stolen from its plinth at least twice. Its current whereabouts is unknown.

2013 Update:  Benoît de Meeûs wrote to tell us that the bust was replaced in 2009.  We’ve translated the relevant paragraph: “At the end of May, the bust of Ferdinand de Meeûs was returned to the square which carries his name.  It’s a bronze reproduction of the original marble work lent by the Count’s descendants.   The bust was first installed by the Commune in 1979 but it was stolen twice in the 1980s.  This project was completed thanks to the Commune and with the aid of Brussels Region.  Count Ferdinand de Meeûs (1798-1861) took a leading role in the economic and financial development of the young Belgian state.  In 1838, he founded the “Society for the Enlargement and Embellishment of Belgium”.  This organisation aimed to promote Brussels as a capital, though it originally promoted the Leopold quarter.  {That last sentence was a struggle and we’d be happy to receive better translations.} 

Site: Ferdinand de Meeûs (1 memorial)

1050, square de Meeûs

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