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A tree commemorates the relief of Mafeking in the South African (Boer) War.
Mafeking was officially relieved on 17th May, 1900, after a "siege" of 271 days. The British Empire went ballistic with excitement and self congratulation, even if the inhabitants of Mafeking itself were fairly reserved.
The "hero" Baden Powell was promoted to major-general (the youngest ever in the British army) and later made a peer.
The British Government decided to grant a public holiday on the relief of Makfeking. Similar proclamations throughout the Empire established the basis for Mafeking Night - the commonest form of celebration apparently was to light huge bonfires.
|Address:||Main Street (Donald-Murtoa Road), Minyip, 3392|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -36.460258|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||17-May-1900|
|Actual Event End Date:||17-May-1900|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Wednesday 6th June, 1900|
Relief of Mafeking.
This tree was planted by the Residents of Minyip on the 6th of June 1900 in commemoration of the gallant & successful defence of Mafeking, South Africa, by Colonel Baden-Powell, and his brave garrison during a siege by the Boers extending over a period of 209 days.
This tree was planted to replace the original by members of the Minyip C.W.A.
This tree was planted on ANZAC Day 1996.
Earlier trees were planted by Progress and CWA
1945 - 1995