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27-November-2014
27-November-2014

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders / Roger Johnson

A tree commemorates the relief of Mafeking during the South African (Boer) War. The tree was originally planted in 1900 and was replaced in 1970 and 1996.

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 Mafeking. Similar proclamations throughout the Empire established the basis for Mafeking Night - the commonest form of celebration apparently was to light huge bonfires.

Location

Address:Main Street (Donald-Murtoa Road), Minyip, 3392
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.460292
Long: 142.586238
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Boer
Actual Event STart Date:17-May-1900
Actual Event End Date:17-May-1900

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 6th June, 1900
Front Inscription

Plaque:
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.

Plaque :

Australia Remembers
1945 - 1995

Right  Plaque :

This Tree Was Planted
To Replace The Original
            By
Members Of The Minyip C.W.A.
            1970

Left Plaque :

This Tree
Was Planted On ANZAC Day 1996.
Earlier Trees Were Planted By
Progress And CWA

 

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