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Allora Boer War Memorial Digger
Allora Boer War Memorial Digger

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

Allora Boer War Memorial commemorates those from the district who served in the South African ( Boer ) War.   This was the first Boer War memorial in Queensland and was unveiled by Brevet-Lieutenant Colonel Harry Chauvel.  His Queenslanders had been the first Australian unit to be in action in the Boer War. The memorial was restored in April 2011.

The unveiling of The Boer War Memorial to the fallen soldiers of Allora to place on the 19th October 1904 in front of a huge crowd. The unveiling was performed by Colonel Chauvel in the absence of the State Commandant, Colonel Plomer. Referring to the names of those on the monument who had fallen, Colonel Chauvel congratulated the people of Allora on the steps they had taken to perpetuate the men who had died fighting for the motherland.
The Brisbane Courier , 20th October 1904.

Around 16,000 Australians volunteered to fight for Britain against the Dutch-Afrikaner, or Boer, settlers in South Africa from 1899 to 1902. It remains Australia's third-worst conflict in terms of casualties.

When the Boer War broke out in 1899, Australia was made up of six colonies that were on the verge of becoming a federation. The war was seen as an opportunity for Australia to show its commitment to Britain and to define its identity.

Monument characteristics :

Obelisk with a digger statue on the top

 

Location

Address:Warwick Street, Allora Memorial Park, Allora , 4362
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.035855
Long: 151.986104
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Boer
Actual Event STart Date:01-January-1900
Actual Event End Date:01-January-1900
Monument Designer:William P McIntosh (Sydney, NSW)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 19th October, 1904
Front Inscription

(Names)

ERECTED BY The residents of Allora and District To the memory of the Allora soldiers Who fell in action in the South African Boer War 1899 - 1902

They heard the Empire's call dear Motherland to shield,  And bade farewell to all they loved to face the battlefield.  But at the front they fighting fell and died like warriors grand.  Sleep then in peace, thy deeds shall live - Ye died for motherland

Left Side Inscription

(Names)

Right Side Inscription

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE NAMES OF ALLORA MEN
WHO ALSO FOUGHT IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN BOER WAR 
(Names)

Source: MIV,MA,QWMR
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