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The South African War Memorial was the first war memorial erected in the Park. It commemorates Western Australian soldiers killed in the Boer War (1899-1902).
The foundation stone for the memorial was laid by His Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York in July 1901 who had been in Australia to open the Parliament of the Commonwealth.
The Krupp field gun was captured at Bothaville and presented to the State by the British Government in 1906. The South African War Memorial Statue was donated by Captain J. D. Cramb.
The life size bronze sculpture of an Australian soldier by James White of Sydney deteriorated quickly and was replaced
The new memorial statue was unveiled on the monument by the Governor of Western Australia , His Excellency Sir Harry Barron, on the 23rd May 1915. The statue of solid hammered copper was made locally by Messrs Wunderlich and Co and cost £450. Half of the cost of the statue had been subscribed by public subscription and the rest by Government subsidy.
Sunday Times (Perth) 23rd May 1915.
|Address:||Fraser Avenue, Kings Park, Kings Park , 6005|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -31.955067|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||11-October-1899|
|Actual Event End Date:||31-May-1902|
|Monument Designer:||James White (statue) Wunderlich & Co (Replacement Statue)|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||September-1902|
In Memory of
Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers & Men
WEST AUSTRALIAN CONTINGENTS
Who Were Killed In Action Or Died From Wounds Or Disease
THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA 1899 - 1902
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And In The Great War 1914 - 1918
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This Foundation Stone
Was Laid By
H.R.H. the DUKE of CORNWALL and YORK
K.G., K.T., K.P., &c., &c.
On The Occasion Of The Visit To Australia
Of Their ROYAL HIGHNESSES
The DUKE And DUCHESS Of CORNWALL And YORK
To Open The Parliament Of The Commonwealth
22nd July 1901
Major Moor Refusing To Surrender
To The Boer Commander At Slingersfontein
Dispersing Train Wreckers
Mounted Australians Dispersing Boers
Who Have Wrecked A Train Near Bloemfontein
A 4.7 Gun At Ladysmith
The Naval Brigade Engaged In Working
A 4.7 Gun Behind A Bomb-Proof Shelter