O'Higgins Square, Richmond
piece of South American history can be found in Richmond,
in O'Higgins Square named after Bernardo O' Higgins first
modern leader of Chile. He studied in Richmond between
1794-1796 at Clarence house, in the Vineyard, which used
to be a school.
O'Higgins Riquelme (August 20, 1778 - October 24, 1842),
South American independence leader, was one of the commanders
– together with José de San Martín – of the military forces
that freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War
of Independence. Although he was the second Supreme Director
of Chile (1817–23), O'Higgins was the first holder of
this title to head a fully independent Chilean state.
is also a plaque in his honour in Merrion Square in Dublin
and in the Garavogue River Walkway in Sligo, Ireland,
and a sculpture near Central Railway Station in Plaza
Iberoamericana, near 58 Chalmers St Sydney, Australia.
In Buenos Aires, there is a large statue of him in the
centre of the Plaza República de Chile. A plaque has also been
erected in Cadiz, Spain, in the Plaza de Candalaria, where
he resided for four years.
Highest award for a foreign citizen is named in honour
of O'Higgins as well as the international airport in Santiago.