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24-January-2016
24-January-2016

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The Boer War Memorial was a fountain erected in memory of local volunteers who lost their lives in the Boer War. The memorial was erected in Chatswood Park in 1901 and moved to the Garden of Remembrance and rededicated on the 11th November 1952. 

The Boer War (1899 – 1902) was the first full commitment of troops by the Australian colonies to a foreign war and, with the formation of the Australian Commonwealth on 1 January 1901, became the country’s first military involvement as a nation.

A meeting of the general committee was held on the 26th instant, at Bennett's Hotel, Chatswood, for the purpose of considering the report of the sub-committee in regard to designs for the proposed memorial fountain. The chair was occupied by the Mayor of Willoughby (Alderman G. T. Bailey). Of the designs submitted that of Messrs. Andrews, of Elizabeth-street, Sydney, for £70, was accepted. The design is of white marble with freestone steps, and a bronze fountain set upon a block of white Syrian marble, silver-plated taps and cups, and ornamental shields.  Four Corinthian pillars support a canopy, surmounted by a crown in white marble. The following inscription was decided upon :-" This fountain was erected by the residents of Willoughby to the memory of the local volunteers who lost their lives in the service of the Empire in the South African War of 1899-1900." On a shield will be the the names of the fallen soldiers (Messrs. Gilchrist, Smith, and Whinfield). It was decided to unveil the fountain, which will be erected in the Chatswood Park, on December 1, with a military parade. Messrs. Fall, Hawkins, and R. T. Forsyth will arrange for the demonstration.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW),  29 September 1900.

Location

Address:69 Albert Avenue, Garden of Remembrance, Chatswood, 2067
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.797797
Long: 151.181321
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Boer
Approx. Event Start Date:1899
Approx. Event End Date:1902
Monument Designer:Messrs Andrews (Sydney)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 1st December, 1900
Front Inscription
             This Fountain
        WAS ERECTED BY THE
     PEOPLE OF WILLOUGHBY
IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOCAL VOLUNTEERS
   WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE
      " SERVICE OF THE EMPIRE" 
DURING THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR, 1899 -1902

 
Back Inscription
TROOPER C.A.GILCHRIST
DIED OF ENTERIC FEVER, KIMBERLEY,
MARCH 13th 1900.
TROOPER
F.W.WHINFIELD
DIED OF ENTERIC FEVER BLOOMFONTEIN MAY 4th 1900
PRIVATE
F.V.SMITH,
KILLED AT JACOBSRUST MAY 7th 1900. 
Source: MA
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