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The School of Arts Facade (entrance) was erected to commemorate local men who lost their lives in the Boer War. The memorial facade of the School of Arts building was the work of Singleton- based stonemason, W. H. Bartrop, and was completed on 28 October 1902.

A major addition to the School of Arts Building took place in 1902 when a new main hall was constructed on the southern end of the building at a cost of £1,200. The foundation stone was again laid by Mrs C. A. Lee (by then the wife of the Member for Tenterfield) and the building was constructed by local contractors, Day and Heiss. The project included a stone façade as a memorial to local men who had lost their lives during the Boer War. A certain amount of controversy surrounded this facade when the School of Arts Committee used funds from the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Committee to build it. Some believed that it had done so without adequate consultation and the resulting divisions meant that Tenterfield was ultimately provided with two separate Boer War Memorials, a short distance from each other.


Address:New England Highway (Rouse Street), Memorial School of Arts , Tenterfield, 2372
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.055854
Long: 152.018804
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:11-October-1899
Actual Event End Date:01-June-1902
Designer:W. H. Bartrop (Singleton, NSW)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 28th October, 1902
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School of Arts

This entrance was erected in meory of those who fell during the South African War
1899 - 1902

130. Sergeant Major James Mitchell,
Tenterfield Squadron M. R. 
Killed At Elands River, 18th August 1900.

178. Trooper William Bender,
Tenterfield Squadron M. R.
Died At "Bloemfontein", 3rd April 1900

Trooper Arthur Percy Britten Grey,
N.S.W. Bushmen.
Died at "Pretoria", 19th Nov. 1901.

He doth not fail who for his country falls

Source: MA,SKP
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