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South African Memorial : 13-March-2012
South African Memorial : 13-March-2012

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Graeme Saunders

The obelisk with a tower with a cross and metal framework and a relief of a soldier commemorates the 65 local men who served in the South African (Boer) War.  It pays tribute to the seven St Kilda men who lost their lives in, and the fifty eight local soldiers who fought in, the South African War.

The movement for the erection of the South African War Memorial was initiated by Councillor O`Donnell. In September 1902 a public meeting was called and a committee was formed to oversee the project. A campaign began to raise the necessary funds for the erection of the memorial.

The community raised 250 pounds through fetes, subscriptions and entertainments. The council was approached for approval to locate the memorial in Alfred Square where a drinking fountain already existed. Council agreed on condition that the drinking fountain be incorporated into the design.


Address:Alfred Square, St Kilda, 3182
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.864985
Long: 144.973939
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:Haddon & Peck
Artist:Charles Douglas Richardson
Monument Manufacturer:Australian Tesselated Tile Co (Mitcham, VIC)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 12th March, 1905
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Erected by the citizens of St Kilda in honor of the sixty-five brave soldiers who went from St Kilda to fight the Empire`s battles in South Africa

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