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A street lamp which was erected by public subscription in 1901 commemorates those from the district who died in service or were killed in action in the South a=African (Boer) War. The lamp was known as the Mafeking Lamp. 

The memorial lists the names of the fallen from the district and also gives details of the sieges of Kimberley, Ladysmith and Mafeking including the names of the commanders of these sieges. 

Casino was en fete on Victoria Day, when a war memorial to be known as the Mafeking Lamp, was formally handed over to the municipality by Mr. J. T. Tandy, secretary to the subscribers. The lamp stands 15ft. high, and the memorial is of marble, and the work of Mr. Jones, of Lismore. It stands at the intersection of Walker and Barker streets. On the side facing Walker-street is the following inscription :
LADYSMITH. Besieged 2nd November, 1899. Relieved 28th February, 1900. Commander — Lieut-Gnl. Sir G S. White, V.C. Relieving Commander — Gnl. Sir Redvers Buller, V.C. Erected by Public Subscription, 1901. 

KIMBERLEY. Besieged 14th October, 1899. Relieved 15th February, 1900. Commander— Colonel Kekewich. Relieving Commander — Lieut-Gnl. French. On the opposite side to this appears : — 

MAFEKING. Besieged 15th October, 1899. Relieved 17th May, 1900. Commander Colonel Baden-Powell. Relieving- Commander— Lieut-Col. Mahon D.S.O.

The fourth face is left blank to be filled in on the conclusion of the war with the names of all soldiers from the Richmond River who have fallen. So far there are three, Sergt. Fetting and Private Ogle, who died in South Africa, and Private Gaggin who was invalided home wounded, and died after his return here.
The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW),
22 June 1901. 


Address:Walker & Barker Streets, Casino, 2470
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.864975
Long: 153.047959
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Technology
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:11-October-1899
Actual Event End Date:31-May-1902
Monument Designer:Mr Jones (Lismore, N.S.W.)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 24th May, 1901
Front Inscription


Besieged 15th October 1899

Relieved 17th May 1900

Commander, Colonel Baden-Powell.

Relieving Commander Lieut. Col. Mahon D.S.O.

Left Side Inscription

Heroes who gave their lives for the Empire

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Back Inscription


Besieged 14th October 1899

Relieved 15th February 1900

Commander, Colonel Kekewich.

Relieving Commander,  Lieut. Gnl. French.

Right Side Inscription


Besieged 2nd November 1899

Relieved 28th February 1900

Commander, Lieut. Gnl. Sir G. S. White V.C

 Relieving Commander , Gnl. Sir. Redvers Buller V.C

Source: MA,SKP
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