South African War Memorial

 South African War Memorial, Launceston

Public Art: South African War Memorial (also known as the Boer War Memorial)

Sculptor: unknown

Description: The memorial is dedicated to the Tasmanian men who gave their lives in the South African War (1899-1902). The multi sided sandstone obelisk includes a marble statue (imported from Italy) of a female figure (representing peace) holding a wreath in her right hand and a shield in the other. Around the memorial in the four niches are four "doll-like" statues of Australian soldiers. Two are holding rifles while one holds a bugle and the other a sword. This memorial was one of the few Australian memorials to feature a female.

Date Unveiled: The stone for the memorial was laid by F.K. Fairthorne ESQ the mayor of Launceston on the 10th of November, 1902. The actual memorial was unveiled on the 20th February, 1904.

Location : The South African War Memorial is located near the Macaque monkeys in City Park, Launceston, Tasmania. 

Inscription :

LEST WE FORGET

This memorial was erected by the public of NORTHERN TASMANIA in affectionate remembrance of those TASMANIANS who gave their lives for THRONE and EMPIRE in the SOUTH AFRICAN WAR
1899-1902
-Killed in Action-

LIEUTS, Ernest,C,Evans. C,H,Walter.

CORPLs John Orr.   H,A,Betts.

LANCE-CORPL, E,R, Jacson.

PVTES  E.Bailey.     P.McLaren.

A,Button.  Frank Warne

A,Gilham.  R,G, Perkins.

-DIED OF WOUNDS-

Captain A,A,Sale.

PVTES, G,H,Brown.   G,L,Ellis.

-DIED OF DISEASE-

Q,M,SGTs D,M,Lyne    F,W, Morrisby

PVTES, T,W,Baker   H,Black.

J,Butler. C,Cundy.

F,G,Cowell.  R,P, Doolin.

A,E,Fitzallen.  T,Galvin.

L,P, Huttley   V,Hodgman.

L,F,J,Lette.  R,P,Pitt.

J,Phegan.  W,A,Wadley.

DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI

 

This Memorial was unveiled on the 20th day of Feb, 1904 by Lieut-Col Cameron, who commanded the first Tasmanian troops in South Africa.


 

Boer War : The Boer War claimed 1,000 Australian lives, 40 of which were Tasmanians.

The Boer is often referred to the "Forgotten War" because it was overshadowed by World War I.

 LEST WE FORGET

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