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The Boer War Memorial was erected in memory of Private W.Smith who was once a resident of Williamstown and is also in memory of other South Australians who lost their lives in the Boer War 1899-1902.
Monday, July 30, 1900 was an important day in the history of Williamstown owing to the unveiling of the monument which has been erected by the people of the district in memory of Private W. E. Smith, formerly a member of the Petersburg Volunteer Company, who as a member of the first S.A. contingent for South Africa, met his death at Arundel. The monument, which is of Italian marble, and, with the base, stands 10 feet high, is the work of Mr. G. E. Morgan, of the Victoria Square, W. Monumental Works, and in execution and design is a real work of art. The ceremony of unveiling took place at 4 o'clock. The monument, which was covered with the Union Jack, was unveiled by Mrs. Warren in the presence of a large concourse of people.
Petersburg Times (SA), 10th August 1900
Monument characteristics :
A white marble column at the top of which is a draped urn sitting on a carved shroud. Below the shroud are carved flowers and below this a hand, emerging from a wreath and holding an open book.
|Address:||Queen Street & Memorial Drive, Williamstown, 5351|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.670164|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||11-October-1899|
|Actual Event End Date:||31-May-1902|
|Monument Manufacturer:||Mr. G.E. Morgan ( W. Monumental Works)|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 30th July, 1900|
Erected to the Memory of PRIVATE W. E. SMITH ONCE A RESIDENT OF WILLIAMSTOWN WHO WAS KILLED IN BATTLE AGAINST THE BOERS AT ARUNDEL S.AFRICA FEB 21 1900.
Also In Memory of OTHER SOUTH AUSTRALIANS WHO WERE SLAIN