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The South African War Memorial was erected to commemorate the Queensland soldiers who died in service or were killed in action in the South African (Boer) War.

It commemorates the first overseas conflict in which colonial Queensland troops were involved occurred from 1899 to 1902 in South Africa. The Queensland Government despatched volunteer contingents of mounted infantrymen to the war to aid the forces of the British Commonwealth involved in the armed intervention. Eighty-nine Queenslanders died during the war.

The memorial is also known as "The Scout", and it was relocated to ANZAC Square in 1939.

It is believed that the model for the statue was Sergeant Frederick James Hockey, of the 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry.   Sergeant Hockey also served in World War One, and became a major during that conflict.

The memorial was unveiled at the corner of Edward and Turbot Streets on the 16th December 1919 by the Governor of Queensland. The statue is of bronze and represents an infantryman on scout duty with his full accoutrements. The statue was sculpted by Mr J.L.Watts of Brisbane with assistance from his son Mr. J.A.Watts. Mr Watts signed an agreement with the memorial committee in 1912 to supply the statue in its finished state for £1750. Owing to the difficulties of casting in Australia, the mould was sent to England and the statue reached Australia in 1917.
The Brisbane Courier, 18th December 1918.

In 1930, the memorial was the subject of a strong protest by the South African war veterans when it was used by the Communist party who draped it with a red flag and stood on it to address the crowd.
The Brisbane Courier, 9th May 1930.

The statue was relocated to ANZAC Square in 1939.

Location

Address:Adelaide Street, ANZAC Square, Brisbane, 4000
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.466793
Long: 153.026912
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 Laurence Watts (Brisbane, QLD)
Monument Manufacturer:pedestal by stonemasons P. J. Lowther & Sons

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 16th December, 1919
Left Side Inscription

In Memory Of The Queensland Heroes Who Fell In the South African War
1899 - 1902

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Right Side Inscription

In Memory Of The Queensland Heroes Who Fell In the South African War
1899 - 1902

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Source: MA,MIV
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