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Mount Gambier Boer War Memorial
Mount Gambier Boer War Memorial

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The monument was erected by public subscription to commemorate those who died in service or were killed in action in the South African (Boer) War.

A meeting of the gentlemen who have in hand the selection of a suitable memorial for the south-eastern soldiers who fell in the Boer war was held tonight. Mr Howland presided. Several designs of monuments were received, and the meeting selected one sent in by Mr. J. T. Topham of this town. It will be about 20 ft. high. The base, 9 ft. in diameter at the ground, will be of red dolomite and the shaft of granite, with marble slabs inlaid to receive inscriptions It is estimated to cost £140 to £160.
The Register (Adelaide), 16th May 1904


Address:Bay Road & Lake Terrace, Mount Gambier, 5290
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.838444
Long: 140.775589
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


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 13th June, 1906
Approx. Monument Dedication Date:Mr. J. T. Topham
Front Inscription

South African War Memorial

Erected by the public

To the memory of the Mount Gambier soldiers who fell in the South African War 1899 - 1902.

Lieutenant J. W. Powell 
Killed at Hopkirks Farm Feb 12th 1900.

Regt Sergt Major J. McGillivary
Killed at Vankollensfontein July 21st 1901.

Trooper A. T. Palmer 
Died at Pretoria March 10th 1901.

Trooper A. J. Bennier
Killed at Cornelis River Bridge May 27th 1901.

Trooper W. R. Ewens 
Killed at Reitz June 6th 1901.

Trooper F. W. Hirth 
Died at Kroonstadt Feb 27th 1902.

Unveiled by Lieut Col F. H. Howland June 13 1906.  

Foundation stone laid by His Worship the Mayor Dr C C MacDonald
Dec 14th 1904

Source: MA
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