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Streams & Trees in Gedling, Notts

Posted by alexkemp on 19 March 2017 in English (English)

Mapping in Gedling on Saturday 18 March in foul weather (it was raining hard; goodness me, could this be England by any chance?) (well, yes). My new smartphone turned out to NOT be as England-proof as my ISODRY-10000 jacket, but that's another story.

There were one or two pleasant scenes & I thought to share them with you.

Right at the start of the track was an un-named recreation garden on Burton Road. It contained some yew trees (at the right) which sometimes is a sign of a former religious establishment in England. A neighbour said that there used to be a “big house, with stables” at the rear, but had no other information.

gardens, burton road gedling

Our second view is classic for a country house, except that it is within the suburbs, hidden away at the bottom of an unadopted road. However, the location does feature yew trees & willow hanging over the Ouse Dyke (not the prettiest name, but clearly the reason that Gedling & it's 678 A.D. church were established here in the first place) (the current church is 1089 A.D., but there were earlier versions):–

willow over ouse dyke on burton close

The next view seems a world away from the previous one but is actually very close, simply on the other side of the dyke. The one building in view is on the other bank of the dyke from Brooklands Drive, which is immediately behind me as I shot this photo.

Ouse Dyke bank, Brooklands Drive, gedling

I had a problem mapping that small section of land. First of all I was going to use:–

‘Geography|Nature|Scrub’
Bare lower lying uncultivated land with bushes but little or no tree cover

...but that doesn't fit. The trouble is that there is nothing within ‘Geography|Land Use’ that fits. In the end I used this:–

‘Geography|Nature|Wood’
Woodland where timber production does not dominate use

...which is about as close as I can get, I think, even though it is council-cultivated land rather than ‘natural’.

PS
If you have admin or Mod rights, then please remove Mlafagos + the comment they made (below); their account was created today as Profile Spam, and the comment is simple spam bait for the Search-Engines.

Location: Arnold and Carlton, Gedling, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, England, United Kingdom

Simple gardening/QA workflow: Improve old ways

Posted by rorym on 19 March 2017 in English (English)

OSM can never be finished, we just keep improving the map. Our tools and sources get better. We can get better aerial imagery, and this means older data can be a little fuzzy. There's a simple way to improve OSM by looking at old data and seeing if you can improve it.

First enable the TODO list plugin if you haven't already (seriously, it's a great plugin), and enable that window on the right hand side. Then download a large area. The JOSM Continuous Downloader plugin can help here. The we can use JOSM's search functionality to find old data. Let's try to fix up ways which haven't been changed since 2010. Press Control-F to bring up the search box. Then enter timestamp:/2010 type:way, and press enter. All old ways will be selected. Press the Add button to these to the TODO list. Double click on the first entry to start working on it. Compare it to the aerial imagery, and fix up it's geometry if needed. JOSM's improve way geometry feature (press W) can make this easier. When you've finished with this way, press ] to go to the next object. Keep going as long as you want. Upload as often as you want.

With regular "gardening" tasks, OSM will be gradually improved and made better.

Hello

Posted by androstenone on 18 March 2017 in English (English)

Hello

Rural area and critical POIs/infrastructure mapping in Batangas City

Posted by TagaSanPedroAko on 17 March 2017 in English (English)

After Project NOAH-ISAIAH HOT tasks and also my rural mapping in Batangas City, there is also an increase in mapping critical POI's in the rural barangays of Batangas City, either on the lowlands or the mountainside. Schools and barangay halls are being added in rural barangays, and using names of those newly added schools or barangay halls, I trace barangays and add the nodes for them via Level0 (instead of JOSM). Rural mapping, especially of critical POI's and infrastructure, may be useful for disaster risk reduction and rural development. Before, Batangas City has the urban areas only mapped in detail, until Project NOAH-ISAIAH started a HOT task that added buildings not only in the lowland urban areas, but also in the rural areas.

Thanks to all the efforts of local mappers, especially "Brad-M", "digmaan" and "imeeperezveedor", the critical POI's (schools, day care centers, barangay halls, health centers) and infrastructure (roads and buildings) of the rural barangays of Batangas City are being mapped in more detail, like the urban areas, especially the Poblacion area. And it is possible that the city's government, via the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRMMO) or City Planning and Development Office, may lead such mapping for disaster preparedness and response, and rural development.

Marked 721 as completed, and started task 36

Posted by Sinitra on 17 March 2017 in English (English)
  • I marked task 721 as completed
  • Task 720 is almost completed
  • I started 36

malenki tötlicher Unfall in Spanien

Posted by wanderpuk on 16 March 2017 in German (Deutsch)

Oh Schreck, ich habe gerade im Profil von malenki gelesen, dass er in Spanien im November 2016 einen tötlichen Unfall gehabt hat. Er hat mir hier bei OpenStreetMap viel beigebracht. Mein Herzliches Beileid auch an seine Familie....

Günni

highway=milestone vs mapillary vs richtiges tagging

Posted by MKnight on 16 March 2017 in German (Deutsch)

milestones auf der A4 Thü Irgendwo hatte ich demletzt mal ne Diskussion zu Meilensteinen gesehen, wo ein paar pro-Argumente aufgeführt wurden, dass man die trotz "nicht-standard" mappen sollte/könnte/dings. Finde ich leider nicht mehr.

Nun denn; Ärmel hoch.

Macht man (ich so: Node an die Fahrbahn, klingt mir sinnvoll, obwohl das Schild neben der Strasse steht) das dann so ne Weile, fällt auf, was ist denn mit der Gegenrichtung (Autobahn)? Läuft wohl langfristig drauf hinaus irgendwas mit Relationen zu pfriemeln. Aka: 2 nodes in eine Relation und die Tags in die Relation. Bessere Vorschläge, nur her damit.

Jedenfalls, wenn man mal Langeweile hat, meine Vorgehensweise:

  • in Josm einen vorhandenen milestone suchen (Findet man keinen, muss man zum Anfangen eben einen in mapillary oder sonstwo suchen).
  • Dann setze ich alle 500m 5-max 10 Nodes neben die Strasse und beschrifte die jeweils vorläufig richtig
  • zoom auf den näxten Node, mapillary an und das Schild gesucht. Wenn gefunden ziehe ich den vorbereiteten Node auf die (jetzt erst geladene) Bahn und joine

Voila. Das geht ne Weile halbwegs gut, bis Mapillary am Lüfterrad dreht.

Hochladen, josm neustarten und den Spass von vorn.

Pro-Tips:

  • Distance nicht so oft interpolieren, sondern öfter mal gute Fotos suchen. Sonst darf man alles nochmal ablaufen, so wie ich jetzt auf 10km.
  • Die Entfernung zwischen den "Nullern" ist meiner Erfahrung immer genau 1000m, die 500er können um einiges abweichen

мой канал ют

Posted by FantomEnterteinment on 16 March 2017 in Russian (Русский)

重整臺北市YouBike站點

Posted by Supaplex on 16 March 2017 in Chinese (Taiwan) (‪中文(台灣)‬)

將OpenStreetMap上面臺北市的YouBike站點,與PTX提供的清點比對,增補缺少的借還站。希望這麼做後,OpenStreetMap與Google地圖在這塊的差距能再次拉近。

之後來處理新北市的YouBIke站的部分。

Location: 大直, 永安里, 竹子林, 中山區, 臺北市, 臺灣

BOUNTY: identify changesets where street names were inserted

Posted by naoliv on 16 March 2017 in English (English)

I will pay one cake, beverage or even send a T-shirt if somebody teach/give me code to identify changesets where street names were inserted.

ie, there was a lot of already traced highways and then somebody modified them, inserting names.

What I would like to do:

  1. identify every changeset where street names were inserted in a specific area (Brazil, for example); sorting by the number of affected ways in each changeset would be nice
  2. filter by a specific username
  3. filter where street names were inserted and some specific value is not present in changeset's source, source:name or imagery_used

I can host a postgis database with the data if needed (I guess that some SQL black magic will solve this)

Cake, beverage, T-shirt and US$ 100 via paypall if somebody gives me all these 3 features.

Tasks 720 and 721

Posted by Sinitra on 16 March 2017 in English (English)

Tasks 720 and 721 are almost completed

A sensitive mapping of public space, #CallesVioletas (VioletStreets)

Posted by mapeadora on 16 March 2017 in English (English)

The exercises of mapping from the citizenship, which are the basis of the present introspection, take origin in the work group of #Repubikla. This group, through several projects articulated among themselves, encourages citizens and organized civil society to be empowered by generating robust data for public policies, and forms a framework where all the urban stakeholder are interrelated and aware from their different and complementary perspectives, in an inclusive way. These two objectives serve the central objective that is the construction of an egalitarian and inclusive city, with high participation in its processes, of the whole of the society.

Through the initiatives of #Mapeaton (Mapathon for and by pedestrians) and then #CrucesNegros (BlackCrosses), we have been approaching methods that sharpen our reading of public space, in a fine level of detail, and in its less visible and tangible dimensions, but more practical and perceptive.

Approaches to qualitative and inclusive methods of auditing the public space

Users of the streets that do not have any motor problem, are the majority of the people in charge of directing the walks during which the audits are carried out. What elements of the transit space can a person who walks without difficulty, easily notice? The tip of the iceberg, the most obvious tangible elements, that even a robot could interpret with banks of images of the city. And for this, we can soon leave the task to artificial intelligence systems (#Mapillary and #OpenStreetCam advance in this sense and will be a reality achievable in a few years).

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If the recognition of the most obvious problems of the infrastructure is not the main added value, how to reach a more acute level of perception of our environment? And how to express it? To move towards greater sensitivity, the #Mapeaton methodology quickly included models within the exercise. The models are people with any difficulty to move, compared to the user omnipresent in the social representations and also the most attended by public policies: the young man, with good physical conditions, middle class, without any accompanying person. When performing the exercises with a population made invisible, we pretend to have a correct representation of the citizenship that moves in our cities.

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By integrating to the Mapeaton methodology the fine observation of how the models move, with the timely and sequential documentation using #Mapillary, of each rise of the sidewalk, crossing, sidewalk in variable conditions, invaded by infinity of obstacles, it helped with no doubt to see imperceptible dimensions of our space, by having different physical conditions.

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Evaluate the infrastructure, or perceive the experience of the others?

The visual observation is here the vector to be able to try to transmit the experience of the subject-model. But what happens at the level of experience and interaction between the participants? Other types of mapping projects have helped to understand several things: something not only occurs at the visual level; the physical infrastructure problems, as well as their classification to give a digested result of the direct exercise to the urban designer, are not the only interesting dimension, nor the most important, to be treated as urban public space.

When performing participatory audit exercises, which have a precise practical function, we still loose the most hidden part of the iceberg.

This is how #Mapeaton and its variants have become a window of experimentation towards modes of more sensitive representations of space, where the result is not the only purpose, but also the process. Interaction with subjects who are aware of the problem, not only through observation but through dialogue and testimonies, helps to perceive otherness, to try a different experience from the others' shoes, and to capture an environment from which we do not have the keys to understand it.

Deconstruction of cartographic practice

Following the Mapeaton methodology, two specific experiences have led us to a more sensitive understanding of the mapping exercise, an exercise at an exploratory level, which we now consider fundamental and * prior * to recognition exercises of physical elements of the infrastructure and their classification for design and public policies.

The first experience was with the project Performance of the Walk by Fabiola Rayas, which represents, with photographic sequences, the last known routes of missing people (a massive phenomenon) in Michoacán, Mexico.

The use of photomapping as a memory support, collective and performative homage with families, and claiming, represents a powerful use of cartography, where the boundary between instrument, support, and message, is much more abstract, as well as the function of the map.

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The second is a perceptive mapping of an area of La Merced (popular shopping area of Mexico city downtown) accompanying sex workers, aiming to identify conditions and characteristics of the infrastructure that generate insecurity.

This mapping is the accidental result of a #Mapeaton exercise focused on the vision of women working in public space all day, to help identify the hot spots of these streets, as a participation in the art project Carpa orgánica de La Soledad by Santiago Robles. The uncontrolled conditions of this practice transformed the experience, from an audit of the infrastructure with the eyes of a type of user of the space, to another very perceptive experience of a latent and little tangible violence and balance of power.

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Again, the streetview is a medium of expression of an ambient, rather than a medium of identification and classification of physical elements. The streetview "narrates" an itinerary made through streets of La Merced with permanent fear to the eyes of those who control the area, to be seen with strangers, to be seen recording with a cell phone.

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#CallesVioletas, a participatory mapping of the hostility of space for women

Since the beginning of the Repubikla project, working methods have been experimented to document the violence suffered by women in the public space, with feminist groups and public institutes such as the Institute of Women (InMujeres) of Mexico City, based on web mapping of the hot spots of the city for cyclists, and in photomapping. In the framework of the UN #SafeCities program, the Institute of Women of Mexico City has organized walks in violent areas of almost all the delegations of Mexico City, with inhabitants, officials, and experts, by day and at night. In the process of conceptualization, we have provided methodological advice to systematize the exercise with photomapping.

In this same context, we will carry out other exercises in March and April 2017, with groups of the Peatonal League, integrating the learning described above to achieve an exploratory and sensitive mapping of public spaces according to the perception and experience of women.

The #CallesVioletas exercise is a sensitive reading, with violet glasses, of anxiety, hostility, fear that can generate the space to the women. It is a previous and independent exercise, to the recognition and classification of tangible elements of the infrastructure.

The method is based on the following points:

  • Organization of a walk with one or more groups, exclusive of women, of approximately 10 people, with a majority of inhabitants and users of the place, as well as local officials from different agencies, experts on gender violence, urban planners, mobility experts, etc.
  • Guide: a person guides the walk in a slow pace, making frequent stops where she invites the group of inhabitants to express their feelings in this place, day and night, to relate events, to dialogue.
  • A person records the stories (audio or text note)
  • A person performs a photomapping sequence with the dedicated Mapillary account #CallesVioletas * in front of the group * avoiding to record the group in the photos
  • Another person with the same account makes shots of physical elements in case they are mentioned by the group, but without conditioning people to do so (do not give the instruction)

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NB: (If the context needs it, other people can take specific pictures with #Mapillary of physical elements of the infrastructure using a pre-built typology, must be separated from the exploratory group dynamics)

The results of the exercise are visible and can be downloaded on the Mapillary.com web platform. Like #Mapeaton, it is important to use the same dedicated account for these exercises, to be able to build a repository of images that can be viewed, analyzed and compared together anywhere in the country or the world. The greater number of projects carried out with the same methodology and visible together on a map, the stronger the message and the impact we can have, documenting the issue and building a debate.

With an open images repository, we also allow analysts, urban designers, researchers, to have a consistent material to analyze and construct proposals that improve cities, with an inclusive approach.

The exercise itself provides a framework for interaction and collaboration between local governments, public safety, planning institutes, local, national and regional level organizations, inhabitants, experts, which can lead to other inclusive participatory experiences.

Spanish version 

Related Projects: Repubikla, Mapeaton, CrucesNegros, @_atropellado, MoreliaSeMueve, Performance of walking

Location: Esperanza, Mexico City, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, 06820, Mexico

Spring Shows It’s Face Early in Nottingham

Posted by alexkemp on 15 March 2017 in English (English)

We are fast approaching the Equinox (Lord Google tells me that it will be on Monday, 20 March at 10:28 UTC this year). Here is a splendid photo taken a week early of some St Anns’ municipal grass with Spring flowers, taken from St Anns Well Road looking North-Eastwards on Monday 13 March (and yes, England really is as green as that in Spring):–

English Spring in Nottingham

St Anns used to be known as The Clay Fields before it's enclosure & development in the 1860s, 70s & 80s. Under the road pictured is a culvert carrying spring-water from the St Anns Well. That well was a medieval place of pilgrimage for Kings & others, but was destroyed in 1889 when the Nottingham Suburban Railway (NSR) was built. A photo from last year, showing the remains of the bridge pillar that killed the Well (together with some of the story of the NSR) is at the bottom of my 3rd Diary post.

In the 1960s the same road was the busiest shopping street in Nottingham. A very large part of the St Anns’ housing was shoddy and was due for demolition & renewal (enacted in the 1970s). The council wanted to create a new shopping centre within the centre of town at the same time, so took the opportunity to destroy, but not replace, all of those St Anns’ shops as to remove all competition for their new baby. In this way, Nottingham councillors destroyed the livelihood of hundreds of local traders in order to enrich a handful of national companies and — in my view — maintain their own prestige. You are actually looking at a scene of historic carnage.

Location: Lace Market, St Ann's, Nottingham, East Midlands, England, United Kingdom

Seminar at HFT Stuttgart, 29th March 2017: Rendering of OSM Data

Posted by fjbehr on 15 March 2017 in English (English)

A seminar/workshop in German language will be held Friday next week afternoon at our University, Laboratory for interoperable, and open-source Geospatial Software, Data and Standards [1] by Sven Geggus [3], a very experienced German OpenStreetMap contributer:

  • 15:00 - 16:0 Uhr: Rendering for Beginners (presentation)
  • 15:30 - 17:45 Uhr: Rendering of OSM Data (hands-on workshop)

Location: Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Schellingstr. 24, 70174 Stuttgart, building 2, room 140 [2]

The seminar will be conducted in German. It will not be available as webinar, sorry .

Thanks in advance to Michael Paulmann!

Regards - Franz-Josef

[1] https://www.hft-stuttgart.de/Studienbereiche/Vermessung/Master-Vermessung/Einrichtungen-Labore/ICA-OSGeo-Labor/index.html/en?set_language=en&cl=en

[2] http://www.openstreetmap.org/search?query=HFT%20Stuttgart#map=19/48.77993/9.17324

[3] http://blog.gegg.us/category/fossgis/

Location: Universität, Stuttgart-Mitte, Stuttgart, Regierungsbezirk Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, 70174, Germany

沼津の古墳を追加しました

Posted by kin3 on 15 March 2017 in Abkhazian (Аҧсуа)

沼津市内にある次の古墳をマッピングしました。 ・神明塚古墳 ・長塚古墳 ・高尾山古墳 ・子の神古墳 ・馬見塚古墳 ・天神洞古墳群 ・四ツ塚古墳群 ・山ノ神古墳群 ・東原5号墳 ・霊山寺横穴 ・江ノ浦横穴群 ・清水柳北1号墳

以上のものは 沼津市文化財センター編2012 よりデータを拾いました。

OpenStreetMap(OSM): A tool Providing cost effective ways for disaster response teams suffering from low institutional capacity...

Posted by tasauf1980 on 14 March 2017 in English (English)

Collection, visualization, and sharing of information on disasters and disaster risk provide a basis for strengthening disaster resilience and supporting timely post-disaster response, recovery, and reconstruction efforts. For example, base maps (identifying the location of key infrastructure, and critical assets), hazard risk maps, and evacuation maps are necessary for planning interventions related to disaster risk reduction, including activities related to disaster preparedness. Similarly, information from post-disaster damage assessment is important for guiding activities in response, recovery, and rehabilitation phases, such as rescuing affected communities, providing relief, and developing required recovery and reconstruction plans.

OpenStreetMap (OSM), a method of community-based mapping using satellite imagery and ICT tools, used to develop base maps necessary for planning and prioritizing DRM-related interventions. ICT tools such as mobile phone applications developed to support this mapping approach. OSM provides simple access to its entire database under open license, which is useful for community-based mapping and data sharing in the event of a disaster, as well as in humanitarian and international development work. Since OSM relies on the local community to develop and update detailed base maps, it has become an effective mechanism to strengthen community-based DRM.

Satellite-based damage assessment is becoming a conventional procedure in post-disaster situations to collect rapid and objective damage information cost-effectively. By combining satellite-based damage maps with baseline OSM data, quick and remote identification of disaster locations and the extent of damage, such as the number of damaged buildings categorized by type can be obtained for early emergency response planning of humanitarian rescue, delivery of goods, and effective budget mobilization.

International cooperation mechanisms to share free satellite imagery and analyze maps in the event of disasters have already been established, with many DMCs as members of the community. However, these data remained underutilized at the local level because of issues such as lack of awareness on the availability of such data, difficulties in data access with no internet connection after a disaster, and lack of coordination among government agencies to share baseline GIS data necessary for effective analysis.

Assistance is needed to improve capacity to collect and share reliable and timely disaster related data at the local NGO’s, local government and community levels to strengthen their disaster resilience and support timely post-disaster response, recovery, and reconstruction efforts in a more cost-effective manner. These will provide cost-effective ways for disaster response team that suffer from low institutional capacity to collect and share information on disasters and disaster risk.

Location: Vangari Patti, Lalmatia, Dhaka, Dhaka Division, 1207, Bangladesh

Potential contribution from ICT perspective

Posted by slayer@GeoThings on 14 March 2017 in English (English)

Hi Community,

It's Kuo-Yu slayer Chuang from GeoThings, Taiwan. I am now working with a group of ICT specialist/developer. As a team, we sit in the middle of voluntary communities, government agencies, and NGOs (humanitarian organization or standardization organization), for the development of something called "Humanitarian ICT".

We worked with OSM/HOT Mappers, where we see the power of volunteered geographic information. We worked with Crisis Mappers, where we see the energy of crowdsourcing. We worked as the assistant staff of central/local government, where we learned the work flow in response to disaster in different countries. We worked as the voluntary member of NGO, where we saw the needs of ICT tools to ease the complexity of handling paper works during emergency.

We also co-work with Asian Development Bank on OSM mapping, environment survey, and crisis mapping with the ICT tools for the capacity building to disaster resilience in some Asian countries. We found most of those stakeholders, responsible to disaster preparedness/response/relief, need the detailed basemap plus crowdsourced information for knowing the situation and response. With the detail tagged OSM data by community that including level, material, even the visual condition, warning and evacuation can be performed earlier, and that is just critical for emergency response. That's the reason why we think HOT is essential, is important. This also made us feel like to contribute to HOT, even we are just some random ICT Geeks :-p

In this diary, I kept saying "we", cause I'm not alone. There's a great team who have got my back, and the lovely HOT community members to support the global humanitarian activities. However, it also about me and my personal commitment to HOT, for the further involvement/engagement with HOT, for my contribution to HOT. As a leader working between Humanitarian ICT, governments and communities, I have demonstrated the ability to negotiate change and support strategic planning. In this time, I have learned how to bridge the traditional humanitarian needs with those of the communities. I believe we definitely can deliver the further impact, together with the team and HOT. This is why I would like to run for the board :-)

slayer@GeoThings

Äquator

Posted by lwsmsk20 on 14 March 2017 in German (Deutsch)

Der Äquator ist der größte Breitenkreis der Welt und wichtig.

Location: 0,000, 0,000

Mapping activity in Lagos, Nigeria

Posted by roikay on 14 March 2017 in English (English)

On the last few weeks, mapping activity around Lagos City, where I map a lot, from POI's, street names, and buildings, have been increasing. And while I added many POI's and street names (mostly the very familiar ones) withing the city, there is a lot still missing, that locals are working on. One of the active local user and contributor in Lagos that started mapping activity withing Lagos city is:

lagosmapper

Looking at the edit history, almost all are mapping withing Lagos City, and they are local edits. The increased mapping activity in Lagos is good news that locals there are inspired to map, thanks to all the efforts to put Nigeria on the map. Looking at the mapping activity Project at Ibadan City, the active response from the last weekend mapping party facilitated by "lagosmapper" is a great one. Obviously, the number of OSM contributors mapping Nigeria may increase from this update.

Location: Makoko, Omoniwa Court Residence, Eti Osa, Lagos, Nigeria

Lion of Nottingham Bendigo Finally met The Opponent He Could Not Defeat

Posted by alexkemp on 14 March 2017 in English (English)

This is the Grade II listed statue & memorial placed above the grave for Bendigo In St Mary's Rest Garden, Nottingham:–

Bendigo

“In life always brave, fighting like a lion…
In death like a lamb, tranquil in Zion”

Nottingham loves lions ([1] [2] [3] [4] [5]) and they so loved William ‘Bendigo’ Thompson that his funeral in 1880 had a procession a mile long with thousands in attendance. He was buried in St Mary's Cemetery (now called the Rest Garden) and, a hundred years later, all gravestones except his were transferred to the back wall. Unfortunately his monument was carved in soft stone, and acid air from thousands of coal fires has not been kind to it across the last century.

This is said to be the only photo of Bendigo (possibly sourced from picturethepast.org.uk):–

Bendigo photo

William Thomson was born on 11 October 1811 in New Yard, Nottingham (now known as Trinity Walk, off Parliament Street) and grew up in poverty as the youngest of 21 children. Today, he is almost unknown in the town.

The (possibly apocryphal) story is that he was the youngest of triplets, and that the three of them were named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. When Abednego was 15 his father died, and he & his mother found themselves in the workhouse. His situation was dire:– Nottingham's population soared to be 5 times greater than before; the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 led to mass unemployment; Nottingham's population was unable to expand out of the old town boundary and a national cholera epidemic in 1832 was acute in Nottingham and led to the establishment of St Mary's Cemetery (funded by the Quaker grocer Samuel Fox) in order to be able to handle the flood of dead bodies which was overwhelming the other graveyards.

Abednego was good with his fists and, in spite of the fact that prize-fighting was illegal, by 18 he was able to become the family bread-winner. He became astonishingly popular — one fight in a field in Leicestershire drew a crowd of 15,000 — and that popularity & success seems to have been based on these factors:–

  1. He was a southpaw
  2. He would bend ‘n’ duck ‘n’ weave whilst fighting
    (this led to him acquiring the nickname ‘Bendy’)
    (“bendy Abednego” appears to have led to “Bendigo”)
  3. He was fit, fast, strong & devoid of fear
  4. Like Muhammad Ali he was lippy, and both funny & insulting with it
  5. He never lost a fight

After winning 21 fights he retired aged 39.

The next years were bad for Bendigo. His mother died (in her 80s) and he went to pieces. The records show him to have been sent to The House of Correction for Drunk and Disorderly on 28 occasions. Getting him there must have been interesting for the constables. In the 1870s he began to take an interest in religion & discovered a vocation as a Methodist preacher. Thousands of people would attend his open-air sermons throughout the country.

He fell down the stairs at his home in Beeston and, after many weeks, died on 23 August 1880 aged 69 & was buried within his mother's grave. He had finally met the opponent that he could not defeat:– Time, ably abetted by her handmaiden, Death.

There is currently an effort to fundraise to have a bronze statue of Bendigo erected in the town centre. They would welcome your donations.

Location: Lace Market, St Ann's, Nottingham, East Midlands, England, United Kingdom
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