This memorial column was erected for Petrus Motké, who was born in Thorn. Petrus was born in 1826 as the son of a shoemaker, the eldest of nine children. He went to primary school in Thorn. As the eldest son, he was expected to help make a living. He went to work for the Provincial Tax Office in Roermond.
When he was 33 years old, he became Chief Inspector of Taxes. Eleven years later he was sent to the Dutch East Indies to organize the financial administration there. During an inspection trip through Java he fell ill and died at the age of 46 in 1872.
On December 28, 1874 this memorial was unveiled. Mind you, the only memorial to a tax official in the Netherlands. As it looks now, our Thorn Motké will remain lonely at the top for a while.
We continue to the center of the square.
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As a real education family, the idea was to offer the children a tour in Thorn, in order to generate interest in Thorn but also in history in general.
Children come with their parents and go the same route as the adults. The route was thus determined by that of the adults.
That adult route could also be improved, since the software made this possible, it was ready before the children's tour.
Collaboration with the Thorn Museum.
Even in the first test phase, Museum Thorn showed an immediate interest in our tours and it was soon decided to enter into a collaboration.
The vision of the Thorn museum is that the town of Thorn is actually a large open-air museum. We can only endorse that.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Thorn and look forward to seeing you again.
Hélène, Sanne and Geert Stams.