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Berry and McFarlane Monument
Berry and McFarlane Monument

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This monument was erected in July 1902 by friends of two young soldiers, Sergeant Robert Edwin Berry [aged 23 years] and Acting Corporal John MacFarlane [aged 21 years], who were killed in action in the Transvaal on 4 January 1902 duriing the Boer War. 

The Berry family had long been resident in the Sherwood district, and were closely associated with St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Sherwood Road. Both young men were members of the 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen and, like all Australian troops participating in the South African [Boer] War of 1899-1902, were volunteers.

The ceremony of unveiling the monument erected to the memory of Sergeant Robert Edwin Berry and acting Corporal John Macfarlane, who fell in action at Onverwacht in January last, was performed by the Premier (Hon. R. Philp M.L.A.) at St. Matthew's churchyard, Sherwood, on Saturday afternoon last. The families of the two soldiers were grouped in front of the stone. There was a large attendance of friends of the fallen soldiers, including a fair number of their comrades of the fifth Q.I.B. contingent. 

Hon. R. Philp then detached the Union Jack from the monument, after which he said he looked upon it as a sad duty to unveil a monument to two young fellows with whom he had travelled to South Africa, but he was glad their friends had taken that fitting opportunity to erect the monument to two brave men who had died as soldiers at Onverwacht. They had died the bravest death a soldier could expect to die. He hoped their action would be remembered by the young people in Queensland. They had fought not only for the honour of the British Empire, but that British liberty should be preserved for all time. 
The Week (Brisbane, Qld),  27 June 1902.


Address:Sherwood Road & Egmont Street, Sherwood Anglican Cemetery, Sherwood, 4075
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.532972
Long: 152.987424
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:04-January-1902
Actual Event End Date:04-January-1902
Monument Manufacturer:W. Batstone & Sons (South Brisbane, QLD)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 21st June, 1902
Front Inscription

This monument is erected by friends

In memory of Sergeant Robert Edwin Berry 
Aged 23 Years.

 And Acting Corporal John McFarlane,
Aged 21 Years.
 5th Q.I.B.

Killed in action at Onverwacht,  Transvaal, South Africa,
4th January 1902

Plaque :

This monument honours soldiers who fought for the Empire.

Source: MA,MIV,SKP
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