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The Boer War Memorial commemorates those from the district who served in the South African (Boer) War.
Lismore, October 1.
The weather was fine and warm to-day, on the occasion of the unveiling of the district patriotic memorial. The city was gaily decorated with bunting, and large crowds thronged the streets long before the hour fixed for the ceremony. People were brought from all parts of the Tweed and Richmond districts by train and steamer, and shortly before noon a lengthy procession, composed of Mounted Police, a Lancer escort, united band, school children, Friendly Societies, Water and Fire Brigades, Reservists, the Scottish Rifles with their pipe band, and returned soldiers, marched to the Council Chambers. The site of the memorial is at the intersection of King and Woodlark streets.
The Mayor announced that over 200 men from the Richmond River took part in the South African war, many of whom went with the Queensland contingents. Mr. Adrian delivered an excellent speech, and the speakers were repeatedly cheered. The Mayoress (Mrs. Lockett) then performed the ceremony of unveiling the memorial, amid much cheering. At the same time a little girl ascended a ladder and placed a handsome wreath on the head of the bronze Lancer, while the school children each placed a floral tribute at the foot of the statue.
The memorial is considered to be the finest of its kind in the State, and it cost £250. It is a massive structure, stands 20ft. high, and is composed of a life-size figure of a New South Wales Lancer in khaki uniform, standing at ease with his lance. The figure is executed in hammered copper, and preserves the realistic appearance of the Lancer. On stands round the pillar, which is of marble, and also on a square block of marble, with a freestone base above the pedestal, are inscribed the names of Troopers Burgess, Black, Fetting, Gaggin, Goodall, Jones, Matheson, M'Namara, and Ogle, who fell in the war.
The Brisbane Courier (Qld), 2 October 1902.
|Address:||Molesworth Street, Lismore, 2480|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -28.810695|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||11-October-1899|
|Actual Event End Date:||31-May-1902|
|Monument Designer:||F. J. Board (architect) M. Jones (sculptor)|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Wednesday 1st October, 1902|
The People Of The Richmond River
To Commemorate The Part Taken
South African War
By The Citizen Soldiers
Of The District
Hostilities Began 10th October 1899
Peace Proclaimed 2nd June 1902
Branches Of The Service
Represented At The Front
53 N.S.W. Lancers
13 Scottish Rifles
Names Of All Combatants From The
(with particulars of service)
District Appear On A Scroll In The Town Hall
Engagements In Which Our
Soldiers Distinguished Themselves
Relief of Mafeking
Heroes Who Gave Their Lives
For The Empire
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