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Boer War Memorial : 10-July-2011
Boer War Memorial : 10-July-2011

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The monument commemorates those who died in service or were killed in action during the South African (Boer) War.  It lists the first soldier from New South Wales to be killed in the conflict.

GUNDAGAI, Thursday.— The monument erected to the memory of soldiers who have fallen in the South African war was unveiled here on Wednesday. The members of the Federal Capital inspection party were present, and the ceremony was performed by Sir William Lyne. Among others present were Mr. G. H. Reid, M.P., and Colonel Mackay, M.L.C., and the Band of the 1st Australian Horse from Goulburn was in attendance. The streets were crowded with people.

The local half squadron Australian Horse, under Lieutenant Robinson, formed a guard of honor, and the mounted police, under Sub-Inspecror Jones, formed up. The monument, a handsome one, stands 19ft high, weighs seven tons, and is composed of solid Carrara marble. The pedestal is granite, bearing a bronze representation of a trooper wounded, alongside or whom stands a riderless horse, neighing. Surmounting this, at the base of the column, are crossed swords, and other emblems, representing the special troop to which the fallen soldiers belonged.
Evening News (Sydney),  23 May 1902.


Address:Sheridan Street, Gundagai Court House, Gundagai, 2722
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.064597
Long: 148.105676
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:11-October-1899
Actual Event End Date:31-May-1902
Designer:Nixon & Adams (architects)
Monument Manufacturer:Ross & Bowman (302 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 21st May, 1902
Front Inscription

In memory of the Gundagai soldiers who fell in the South African War

1899 - 1900 - 1901.

Erected by the people of the District.

Left Side Inscription

Trooper H. W. G. Marshall
B.S.A. Com Forces

Accidentally shot at Fort Manzimyama, Rhodesia
29th Sept 1900

Back Inscription

Sergt-Major G. A. Griffin
1st Australian Horse,

Killed in action at Slingersfontein, Cape Colony
16th Jany 1900,

The first soldier from N.S.W. to fall in the war.

Right Side Inscription

Trumpeter C. A. Gilchrist
1st Australian Horse

Died from Enteric Fever, at Kimberley, Cape Colony,
13th March 1900.

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Source: MA, NRWM
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