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South African War Memorial : 18-July-2011
South African War Memorial : 18-July-2011

Photographs supplied by Roger Johnson / Sandra Brown

The South African War Memorial commemorates those from the district who served in the Souht African (Boer) War.

Twenty-eight Narranderra men volunteered for the Boer War, the first four sailing from Sydney on 17 January 1900 and the monument bears the names of these soldiers.

Among them was Alf Dufrayer, who won a Queen’s Scarf. Queen Victoria had hand-knitted four scarves to be presented for bravery and after Dufrayer had rescued a wounded mate under heavy fire, his Colonel recommended him for the award. It was reportedly an equivalent award to the Victoria Cross.

The unveiling of soldiers memorial and the opening of a new fire station took place on Wednesday. The soldiers memorial which has been erected by subscription is suitably inscribed.  It bears on one of the panels the names of troopers Smith, Verdon, and Andrew, who lost their lives in the campaign.  Other panels are inscribed with the names of soldiers who achieved distinction numbering 17 including Lieutenant Dufrayer (Queen's scarf), and Mr. Rudd who was several times mentioned in despatches. The form of the memorial is a marble obelisk 14ft high, and it is erected at the cornel of East and Twynam streets, the most prominent part of the town.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 18 December 1902.



Address:East Street & Victoria Square, Memorial Gardens, Narrandera, 2700
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.747151
Long: 146.553306
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:11-October-1899
Actual Event End Date:31-May-1902


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 17th December, 1902
Front Inscription

By The Residents Of The
 Narandera District
In Commemoration Of
The Local Volunteers
Who Served In The
South African Campaign

   South African
Memorial Obelisk 
This Memorial Was Unveiled
On 17 December 1902

Mayoress Mrs. F. A. Smith

Left Side Inscription

[ Names ]

Back Inscription

 [ Names ] 

Right Side Inscription

      In Memory OF 
      J.A.S. ANDREW 
Died Capetown Feb 1900
       P. VERDON
Died Pretoria Jan 1901
        W. SMITH 
Died Middleburg Dec 1901

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