South African War Memorial
Public Art : South African War Memorial
Known also as : Trooper
Stone Mason : © W. Parkinson
Sculptor : The statue was sculpted in Italy by an
Description : The Trooper statue is made out of
marble and was originally used as a drinking fountain. Today it is gated off following vandalism. The right leg
rests on a portion of a broken gun and the left hand once held a sword . Sadly the soldier's hand has
been severed and the sword long stolen. At the base of the statue is the face of a lion from which water once
flowed into a semi- cirular basin. The style is late Victorian civic monument. Eight names are recorded on the
Date unveiled: The Trooper statue was erected in 1902
by New Zealand Battery R.A. A full military ceremony accompanied the unveiling of the statue by the Right
Honourable R. J. Seddon.
Location: The Trooper statue is located near the
Flagstaff in Albert Park, Auckland, New Zealand.
History : The statue was erected in honor of the
troops of the 7th New Zealand Contingent who died in the South African War of 1902.It was erected by New Zealand
Trivia : The lion has long been used as a symbol for
memorials of the Boer War suggesting strength, power and imperial dominance.
The hand was of the Trooper was severed in 1986 and later repaired. Not sure when the last hand
The Albert Park statue looks virtually identical to the Fred
Wylie Memorial in Rotorua.
Erected by the members of the NZ Battery RA in memory of their comrades. Leiutenant Geo. Leese.
Corporal Herbert A. Edwards. Bombardier John Mays. Driver John Beck. Gunners Joseph Brown, Frederick
Forbes, Arthur W. Kendall, and Driver Thomas Withers. Who lost their lives in the South African War
1900-01. Parkinson Sculptor Auckland.
LEST WE FORGET