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Significant Victorians

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Poppy McCarthy

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1837 - 1901
Significant Victorians
By Poppy McCarthy
Judging significance
Some Victorians considered as significant
Top 5 most significant Victorians (in my opinion)
Another significant Victorian

The Victorian era was named after Queen Victoria. The Victorian era lasted from 1837 - 1901 which was the 64 years of Queen Victoria's reign. During the Victorian era many people created new and amazing inventions and many people were extremely significant throughout this era.
Judging Significance
When you judge someone's significance it is comparing the impact they have/have had compared to others. I am comparing the significance of the 20 people listed and the impact they have made.
William Armstrong
William Armstrong invented the hydraulic accumulator and other high-powered machinery. He also changed the design and their manufacturing . He maybe considered as significant because he changed how guns were developed which has helped with the country's defense.
General Booth
General William Booth founded the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is a organisation to help teach poor and disadvantaged families about the christian faith. He might be considered as significant because he helped many people by offering spiritual and social help.
IK Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was known for his great engineering skills. He built bridges, railways, ships and much more. His most successful build was the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Brunel was considered significant because he made travelling easier and more efficient.
Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin was a naturalist and
on a trip to South America Darwin came up with the theory of evolution which caused many people to contemplate whether we evolved from apes. Some people disagreed with Darwin's theory and some were shocked by his theory.
Charles Darwin published his ideas and wrote the book 'On the origin of species'.
George Eliot
George Eliot was the pen name for Mary Ann Evans. She was an author of many major novels such as 'The Mill on the Floss' and 'Middlemarch'. They were very relatable. So she might be considered significant because her work is still popular today.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was a woman who accomplished lots in her life such as becoming the first qualified female surgeon, first female mayor and the first woman to be elected to a school board. This shows she was a significant person who has shown the world that men and women have equal rights.
Alexander Graham Bell
Bell was a great inventor who changed how we communicate. Without Bell's invention of the telephone we would not be able to have the efficient methods of communication we have today. The invention of the telephone has developed massively; now producing loved products such as the iPhone.
Florence Nightingale
Also known as the lady with the lamp, Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing. She cleaned up filthy hospitals which were filled with injured soldiers from the Crimean War. Florence helped to look after the injured soldiers. Her methods saved many lives and improved understanding about infection control.
Cecil Rhodes
Cecil Rhodes was a business man and politician who was the founder of one of the biggest diamond companies in the world, De Beers. Most people thought of Rhodes as a bad person; an evil character of British Imperialism. Cecil Rhodes also was the founder of his own state in Africa. Zimbabwe was formerly called Rhodesia.
Isabella Beeton
Isabella Beeton was the author of 'Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management'. In the book there were lots of recipes and so she was most commonly known as one of the first and best cookery writers. The book didn't just contain recipes, it also included lots of helpful information about how to run a household in the Victorian era.
Lewis Carroll
Author of the famous 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson. He also wrote 'Through the Looking glass' and the poem 'Jabberwocky'. Some know him as one of the best authors in the Victorian Era.
Grace is one of the most famous Cricketers and was involved in the development of sport. Many historians know Grace as one of the best cricketers in history. He was significant because he helped develop sport. As a result we know have more enjoyable sports which keep us healthy.
Grace Darling
At the age of 22, Grace Darling saved 9 people from drowning when the SS Forfarshire was shipwrecked. She was determined to help them so she and her father sailed over to them saving all their lives. Grace was awarded a gallantry medal from the RNLI! She was a woman with great courage and bravery.
Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is considered to be the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Dickens was the author of many books such as 'Great Expectations', 'Oliver Twist' and 'A Christmas Carol'. His books have gone on to become films, shows and TV series. Charles Dickens was a phenomenal novelist who was internationally known for his books.
William Gladstone
William Gladstone was a British politician and made a huge impact. He was Prime Minister 4 times during his life. During his first term as Prime Minister, secret voting was introduced and the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. He was a passionate campaigner as well.

Prince Albert

Prince Albert was a very busy man who did lots for family and our country! He helped his wife, Queen Victoria, and became her personal secretary. Prince Albert also played a huge part in the Great Exhibition of 1851! The greatest thing I think Prince Albert achieved was prevention of a war between America and Britain.
David Livingstone
David Livingstone was a Scottish explorer. When he became a doctor, he went on a medical mission to southern Africa. Here he set up schools and hospitals to help the people of Africa. Livingstone also undertook a five-year long expedition to find the source of the River Nile!
George Stephenson
George Stephenson was an engineer who built the first ever Locomotive! He named the Locomotive 'Blucher'. Because of Stephenson's work we are now able to transport goods like coal over long distances cheaply and efficiently.
Robert Peel
Robert Peel was the founder of the first ever Police Force. In his life he was also Prime Minister, a Conservative MP and Home Secretary! Peel was a very political man and was great for many reasons.
Queen Victoria
The Victorian period was named after Queen Victoria because she was the reigning monarch during this era. She lent her support to concerns of national interest such as war efforts and various charities. She also knew it was important that factories and machines were built to meet the demand of the increasing population and new towns. She was a grand and beautiful lady who was the most successful and longest reigning monarch!
Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale was such an inspiration. She helped all the injured soldiers in the hospitals recover quickly and reduced the chance of them suffering from infections!
Nightingale also revolutionised nursing improving cleanliness in the Hospitals, Without Florence's revolutionary ideas we would not have the hospitals and the health care system we have today!

As a result we now have clean and well kept hospitals and we have nurses that look after the ill people.
Alexander Graham Bell
Bell's invention has changed how we live today! Without his invention we could not have the efficient communication we have! The telephone has become a huge part of today's life, it has been developed on further to new phones such as the iPhone. Bell experimented with other devices such as the harmonic telegraph.
Alexander Bell's invention has been redeveloped in lots of ways because his first was a very simple quick way to ring people
George Stephenson
The invention of the first locomotive was huge because it now meant that goods could be transported quickly and efficiently. 8 years later in a competition at Rainhill George invented 'The Rocket' and won! It was the fastest locomotive at the time with 36mph.
The railways meant that the growing towns and cities could benefit from fresher and more-varies foods.
IK Brunel
Brunel's inventions resulted in better transportation! Because Brunel invented ships, bridges, tunnels and more we now can travel further and carry people and goods all over the world. The ships Brunel made were the first steamships and the first ships made out of iron! I think the best invention of his was the Clifton Suspension Bridge!

Even though at first not all of Brunel's inventions went to plan, in the end great results came out!

Queen Victoria
Having a whole period named after her Queen Victoria was definitely significant! Being the longest reigning monarch to date, Queen Victoria's influence saw an increase in the number of factories and she played a large part in encouragig the industrial revolution!
Her reign was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.
Wikipedia - www.wikpedia.org

BBC History - www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/victorians/

BBC History Kids - www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/

The National Archives - www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/lesson40.htm

Grace Darling Museum - rnli.org/aboutus/historyandheritage/museums/Pages/Grace-Darling-Museum.aspx


British Empire - www.britishempire.co.uk/biography/rhodes.htm

Charles Darwin and Evolution - darwin200.christs.cam.ac.uk/pages/index.php?page_id=j



British History
World History
(Miles Kelly)

Another Significant Victorian - Karl Benz
Karl Benz was the manufacturer of the first petrol-powered automobile! In 1894 he invented the Benz "Velo" model!
Because of Karl Benz' invention we can now travel around
much easier!

To conclude; the Victorians were very significant and changed the world in many ways! Without the advancements during the Victorian era, life would be incredibly different because we wouldn't have things like railways and telephones! The Victorians were amazing people who had huge impact on our life today!
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