Soudan Contingent Plaques

Sudan Contingent Plaques, Sydney, public art

Public Art : Soudan Contingent Plaques

Also known as : Sudan Contingent Plaques

Description: Two brass plaques commemorating the volunteers from the colony of New South Wales who, following the death of General Charles Gordon, assisted in the Sudan War.

Date Unveiled: The first plaque 1885 and the second 1985

Location: The plaques can be found on the wall in the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, Macquarie street, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 

Inscriptions :

Plaque 1

Soudan Contingent

The New South Wales
contingent for the Soudan War
(consisting of some 750 men & 225 horses)
Embarked on the troopships
"Australasian" & ""Iberia"
at the wharves on the
North East side of the Circular Quay on March 3 1885.
The Contingent returned to Sydney
in the troopship "Arab"
on June 23 1885.
This Memorial Donated by Thomas Gunning Esq.

Plaque 2


To Commemorate
the Centenary of the departure of
the New South Wales Contingent
for the Soudan on 3rd March 1885
His Excellency
Air Marshall Sir James Rowland KBE,DFC,AFC
Governor of New South Wales
unveiled this plaque on 3rd March 1985
following a parade at Victoria Barracks Paddington
and then leading a march through Sydney
of units of the Royal Australian Navy,
the Australian Regular Army and the Army Reserve,
successors of the original contingent.



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