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South African War Memorial
South African War Memorial

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A monument was erected to commemorate soldiers who served in the South Australian contingents in the Boer War (1899-1902) and to commemorate those who died in service of were killed in action during the war.

Since World War One it has been a focus for annual ANZAC Day ceremonies when Australia`s war dead are remembered. It serves as a reminder of South Australia`s Boer War involvement and of Colonial support for Britain during the war. The equestrian statue cost 1,600 pounds, which was raised by public subscription in South Australia. The statue is of a trooper in uniform, believed to be George Henry Goodall, a Farrier Sergeant in the 2nd South Australian contingent and is cast in bronze and set on a pedestal of red Murray Bridge granite. The names of fifty-nine officers and men killed in the conflict are inscribed on bronze shields.

Capt. Adrian Jones's bronze equestrian statue, which is intended to commemorate the part which South Australians played in the South African war, and will be erected near, the entrance to the Government House at Adelaide, has been shipped by Lund's Blue Anchor liner Wakool.
The Register (Adelaide), 9th April 1904

Sir George Le Hunte, Governor of South Australia, performed with due ceremony on the 6th June 1904 the unveiling of an equestrian statue in bronze raised to the memory, of South Australians who fell during the South African war. There was a large and distinguished attendance, and the statue, which was executed by Mr Adrian Hope (sic) , was much admired as a noble work. The cost was over £2,000, raised by public subscription.
Zeehan and Dundas Herald (Tas), 7th June 1904.

Location

Address:North Terrace & King William Street, Adelaide, 5000
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.921393
Long: 138.599685
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Boer
Actual Event STart Date:11-October-1899
Actual Event End Date:31-May-1902
Monument Designer:Captain Adrian Jones (Statue)
Monument Manufacturer:W. Laycock
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Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 6th June, 1904
Front Inscription

South African War 1899 - 1902.

This tablet records the despatch on March 7, 1900 of the "South Australian Bushmen`s Corps".

The cost of equipment, and of the partial maintenance of the Corps in the field for over twelve months was defrayed by private subscription. This force consisted on 100 officers and men and was the third of nine contingents numbering in all 1531 men sent from South Australia

Left Side Inscription

Who dies for his country dies nobly

In memory of those who fell

[ Names ]

Back Inscription

Erected by the people of South Australia to commemorate the valour of the citizen soldiers of the state who fought in the South African War 1899 - 1902.

Unveiled by His Excellency, Sir Cedric Ruthven Le Hunte, K.C.M.G. June 6th 1904.

Right Side Inscription

Who dies for his country dies nobly 

In memory of those who fell

[ Names ]

Source: MA,SAM
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