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Harry "Breaker" Morant : 24-April-2011
Harry "Breaker" Morant : 24-April-2011

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The plaque commemorates soldier and poet Harry "Breaker" Morant who served and was executed in the South African (Boer) War. Harry "Breaker" Morant was associated with the area. 

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant  was an Anglo-Australian drover, horseman, poet, soldier and convicted war criminal whose skill with horses earned him the nickname "The Breaker".  The bulk of his published work appeared in The Bulletin magazine.

During service in the Second Boer War, Morant participated in the summary execution of several Boer (Afrikaner) prisoners and the murder of a German missionary, Daniel Heese, who had been a witness to the shootings. His actions led to his controversial court-martial for murder and his death warrant was personally signed by the British commander in South Africa, Lord Kitchener, although Lord Kitchener subsequently denied the issuance of it. Morant was executed for murder by a contingent of Cameron Highlanders (a regiment of the British Army) in Pretoria gaol (South Africa) on 27 February 1902.


Address:Lachlan & Hutton Streets, Memorial Park, Bogan Gate, 2876
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.106198
Long: 147.802735
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

In Recognition of Lt. Harry "Breaker" Morant by the Bogan Gate & District people.

Born 9.12.1864 Somersetshire England
Executed 27.2.1902 Pretoria Sth Africa

Harry worked, played and wrote in our area

Horsebreaker, polo player and poet

"Shoot straight you bastards"

Source: MA
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