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Memorial Lamp : 25-03-2014
Memorial Lamp : 25-03-2014

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A lamp commemorates Troopers Black and Crichton who died during the Boer War. Although the memorial tablet says that Black and Crichton died in 1899 and 1900. Hector Black died of enteric fever in Pretoria in 1902.

The lamp and memorial tablet are placed on the base of the fountain which was erected in 1907 to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII.

In our issue of 22nd February last we published a notice that one of the Blayney soldiers, Trooper Hector Black, had died of enteric fever at Pretoria. Although enquiries have since been made at the War Office the news has not been officially confirmed, and Hector's relatives and many friends were just beginning to think that the sad news of his death was not true. However, all hopes were shattered last week, when a letter was received by his parents from the nurse at the Pretoria hospital, which confirmed the news of his death.

A memorial service was held in the Blayney Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening last. There was a large assemblage, and the church was appropriately draped in mourning. The Rev. S. G. Crawford conducted a very impressive service, at the conclusion of which the congregation remained standing while the organist (Miss Mutton) played the ' Dead March.' Trooper Black, died on 12th February. He had only been in the hospital three days, and was only 19 years of age.
The Blayney Advocate and Carcoar Herald (NSW), 29th March 1902.

A number of the late Trooper Hector Black's old friends and companions met in the Council Chambers on Saturday night last for the purpose of making arrangements to erect a memorial in honor of the deceased soldier. After discussion it was decided to try and raise sufficient funds by public subscription to erect a lamp in the main street.
Western Champion (Parkes, NSW),  11 April 1902.


Address:Church Street, Soldiers Memorial Hall, Blayney, 2799
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.530266
Long: 149.254541
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Technology
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:11-October-1899
Actual Event End Date:31-May-1902


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 2nd December, 1907
Front Inscription

This lamp was erected in memory of Troopers Hector N. Black & D. R. Crichton who died in South Africa during the Boer War.

1899 & 1900


Left Side Inscription

Coronation Fountain

Erected by the Blayney Progress Association

2nd Dec. 1907.

L. J. Clements, President.

A. Radburn,      Secretary.

Source: MA,NRWM, DVA
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