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Smalpage Inscription : December 2013
Smalpage Inscription : December 2013

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

Fountain erected to commemorate F. C. Smalpage who drowned while attempting to save the life of another person. The fountain is also the Manly Boer War Memorial and contains a dedication to Mr Smalpage as well as Troopers Bud & Lipscomb who were killed during the Boer War. The year of the unveiling is incorrectly stated as 1903 . A plaque has been placed on the memorial rectifying this error.

Mr Smalpage was a visitor to Manly in 1902 and plunged into the sea to rescue a young woman being carried away by the undertow. He managed to reach the young woman but the current was too strong and both were carried out to sea and drowned in the presence of hundreds of spectators.

Yesterday afternoon Mrs. Learmonth, Mayoresss of Manly, unveiled a fountain erected to  the memory of three Manly residents who lost their lives in good causes. One was the late F. C. Smalpage, who in 1902 was drowned while attempting to rescue  a woman who tot  into difficulties in the breakers, but who met a like fate. In part also the fountain is intended to perpetuate the memory of Troopers Budd and Lipscomb. who gave up their lives for their country during the Boer war. The subscription to provide a memorial for Mr. Smalpage was opened by the 'Sunday Times,' and subsequently the Manly Council decided to amalgamate this fund with the money to be devoted for the soldiers' memorial, and the fountain unveiled was the result.
Sunday Times, Sydney (NSW), 19th January 1908.  

 

Location

Address:East Esplanade, Manly Boer War Memorial, Manly, 2095
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.801884
Long: 151.286778
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Actual Event STart Date:17-January-1902
Actual Event End Date:17-January-1902

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 18th January, 1908
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           Also
To The Memory Of
F. C . SMALPAGE 
Who Was Drowned
In The Breakers At Manly
In Endeavouring To Save
       The Life Of
Miss M THORPE
On 17th January 1902

Inscription in Proximity

ERRATUM
MEMORIAL UNVEILED
18 JANUARY
1908

Source: SKP,NRWM, MA
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