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Perth South African War Memorial Closeup 2
Perth South African War Memorial Closeup 2

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Graeme Saunders / Father Ted Doncaster

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.

 

Location

Address:Fraser Avenue, Kings Park, Kings Park , 6005
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.955067
Long: 115.844522
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:James White (statue) Wunderlich & Co (Replacement Statue)

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:September-1902
Front Inscription

(Top Plaque)
In Memory of the Under Mentioned Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers & Men of the West Australian Contingents
Who were killed in action or died from wounds or disease in the War in South Africa 1899 - 1902

[ Names ]

And in the Great War 1914 - 1918 

[ Names ]

(Lower Plaque)
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

Left Side Inscription

Slingersfontein

Major Moor refusing to surrender to the Boer commander at Slingersfontein

Back Inscription

Dispersing Train Wreckers

Mounted Australians dispersing Boers who have wrecked a train near Bloemfontein

Right Side Inscription

A 4.7 gun at Ladysmith

The Naval Brigade engaged in working a 4.7 gun behind a bomb-proof shelter

Source: MA,SKP
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