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27-April-2015
27-April-2015

Photographs supplied by Bryan Hardy

A fountain commemorates Boer War hero Hector MacDonald who committed suicide after a series of allegations about his moral conduct.

Hector Macdonald, a crofter`s son, began his military career as a private in the British army, and later became a Major General. Hector Macdonald fought in the Afghan war and both Boer wars. Distinguished himself when he saved the British army from total destruction at the Battle of Omdurman. Major General Sir Hector Macdonald KCB, DSO, ADC, LLD, or Black Isle born "fighting Mac" as he was known, shot himself in a Paris hotel in 1903, days before he was due to face court martial in Ceylon for homosexuality.

Whether Sir Hector had indulged in homosexual practices -- or whether the charges were part of a plot by the military establishment which had become jealous of a humble crofter`s son rising to such prominence -- has been the subject of debate for almost a century. Memorial was erected on the instigaton of the Caledonian Society.

Location

Address:The Esplanade, Fremantle, 6160
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.057541
Long: 115.745111
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:25-March-1903
Actual Event End Date:25-March-1903

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1907
Front Inscription

Water fountain In memory of “Fighting Mac”.

Major General Sir Hector MacDonald.

Commissioned by the Caledonian Society for the sum of £80 in 1907.  Plans and specification were provided by Stead Bros, Fremantle.

2014 Restoration
Ironwork    - Brad Jackson, Zen Ironwork, O`Connor
Stonework - Piere Caseliati, Fremantle

Source: MA
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