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South Africa and China War Memorial
South Africa and China War Memorial

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

The War Memorial commemorates those from the Nunawading district who served in the South African War and in the China Contingent. The monument in the form of an obelisk was erected with drinking fountains on either side while the upper portion is adorned with two large gas lamps. 

The Victorian Naval Brigade and its Band were allocated as police to Tientsin, the port for Peking.  As with the other Australian contingents (and much of the rest of the international force), the Victorians did not see much action, but witnessed barbaric excesses by both sides, including the beheadings of captured Boxers by Japanese Officers. The Victorians were involved in several forays into the hinterland, including an expedition to torch the town of Cheng Ting Fu. Too late for the attack on the Pei-Tang fort, the Victorians watched as German and Austrian troops looted the fort.

Note: The Boxer rebellion in China attracted an international force to suppress the revolt (against foreigners and Christianity). Foreign Legations at Peking (Beijing) were put under seige by the Boxers, who believed they were immune to bullets and death.


Address:Whitehorse Road & Watts Street, Median Strip, Box Hill, 3128
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.818254
Long: 145.125019
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
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Monument Manufacturer:Wilson & Corben


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 21st January, 1902
Front Inscription

Lance Corpl G. R. BUTTON
Killed At Wilmanrust
       South Africa
       12th June 1901.

       This Memorial
Was Unveiled By The
Hon. A. J. Peacock
Premier Of Victoria
On The 21st Jan. 1902.



Back Inscription

South Africa

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   To Commemorate
The Loyal And Patriotic Spirit
Displayed By The Men Of This District
Whose Names Are Inscribed Hereon,
In Responding To The Empire`s Call
For Volunteers During The Wars
In South Africa And China
  1899 And 1902.
In Grateful Recognition Of A 
Divine Providence For The Return
Of So Many Of The Number.


Right Side Inscription

South Africa

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