Fred W Wylie Memorial
Public Art : Fred W Wylie Memorial
Sculptor : © Unknown
Description : A painted brown and white
marble statue of a soldier in full uniform standing on a pedestal with a lion head fountain below.
The right leg rests on a portion of a broken gun and the left hand holds a sword .
Date Unveiled : The Wylie memorial was unveiled at
the annual Maori Carnival in 1904.
Location : The Fred W Wylie memorial can be found in
the Government Gardens, Rotorua, New Zealand.
Boer War 1899-1902
To commemorate the valour of
FRED W. WYLIE
of Galatea, Rotorua.
Fourth N.Z. Contingent.
by the Public
Extract From Brigade Orders
The Death of King's Sergt
F.Wylie is deeply regretted
A brave man and a good soldier
Ext Capt Walker -
He was as brave as a lion
He recaptured unaided a 15-pdr.gun, taking two prisoners in the action at Hartebeestefontein
25th.March 1901. Promoted King's Segt. by command, subsequently joining the Seventh Contingent he was
killed while leading the attack in action at Klipfontein 26th May 1901.
Aged 25 years
Fama Semper Vivat
Sign Inscription :
This monument commemorates Fred Wylie, a young soldier from Galatea who fought in the Boer War with the
Zealand Contingent. Son of the first store keeper in Rotorua, Joseph Wylie, and a member of a unit
known as the 'Rough
Riders' he was killed leading an attack at Klipfontein on 26th May 1901.
'He was brave as a lion,' reads the inscription, which might explain the lion's head fountain on the
front of the
statue.The project to create this memorial was initiated by the people of Galatea, and it was unveiled
Trivia : The lion has long been used as a symbol for memorials of
the Boer War suggesting strength, power and imperial dominance.
The South African Memorial in Albert Park looks remarkably similar to the Fred Wylie Memorial.
Memorials in Auckland and Rotorua
LEST WE FORGET