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The tree commemorates the relief of Mafeking during the South African (Boer) War. The tree was originally planted in 1900 and was replaced in 1970 and 1996.

Mafeking was officially relieved on 17th May, 1900, after a "siege" of 271 days.  The British Empire went ballistic with excitement and self congratulation, even if the inhabitants of Mafeking itself were fairly reserved. The "hero" Baden Powell was promoted to Major-General (the youngest ever in the British army) and later made a peer.

The British Government decided to grant a public holiday on the relief of Mafeking. Similar proclamations throughout the Empire established the basis for Mafeking Night - the commonest form of celebration apparently was to light huge bonfires.


Address:Main Street (Donald-Murtoa Road), Minyip, 3392
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.460292
Long: 142.586238
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:17-May-1900
Actual Event End Date:17-May-1900


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 6th June, 1900
Front Inscription


Relief of Mafeking. 

This tree was planted by the residents of Minyip on the 6th of June 1900

In commemoration of the gallant & successful defence of Mafeking, South Africa, by Colonel Baden-Powell, and his brave garrison during a siege by the Boers extending over a period of 209 Days.

Plaque :

Australia Remembers
1945 - 1995

Right  Plaque :

This tree was planted to replace the original by members of the Minyip C.W.A.

Left Plaque :

This tree was planted on ANZAC Day 1996.

Earlier trees were planted by Progress and CWA


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