Bathurst South African War Memorial

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Description

The monument consists of a cupola, with four supporting sandstone lions, on top of an arched sandstone structure. Enclosed within the centre of the structure is a bronze figure of an Australian soldier with rifle at the ready. Four columns are positioned on the outside of the structure to complete the classical centre section. The whole rests on a base of grey granite blocks.

A number of plaques are affixed to the base structure, including an honour roll for the South African (Boer) War. Additional names were added to the memorial in the 1960s, including Lieut Peter Handcock, executed by order of a British Court Martial. Along with Harry 'Breaker' Morant, he was convicted of shooting Boer Prisoners. The whole unfortunate saga was popularised in the 1979 film 'Breaker Morant', largely inspired by the release of Kit Denton's 1973 book, The Breaker. Various original letters and 'relics' from the period are in the Mitchell Collection, State Library of New South Wales.

The memorial is located on Kings Parade, the parkland bounded by William, George, Church and Russell Streets. Other memorials are present within the park, including the impressive memorial carillon.

Inscription

Roll

To the honour of the Bathurst men who served in the
1899 South African War 1902
[Names]
In memory of those
who gave their lives for the Empire
[Names]

Plaque

Unveiled by Lord Kitchener January 10th 1910

Foundation stone

This stone was laid by Ald F. B. Kenny Mayor 1909

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflicts Fate Service No. Service Campaign Link
Pte E W Macarthur South African Campaign view
Capt T A Machattie South African Campaign view
Tpr P A McAnult South African Campaign view
Capt J P McGlinn South African Campaign view
Capt H McIntosh South African Campaign view
Cpl J A McNab South African Campaign view
Tpr W McNamara South African Campaign view
Tpr J McRae South African Campaign view
Cpl A McSpeddan South African Campaign view
Tpr F J McSpedden South African Campaign view
Address
Kings Parade
Cnr William and Russell Streets
Bathurst NSW 2795
Local Government Area
  • Bathurst Regional
Setting
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Monument
Recorded by
Mr Rusty Priest AM, former RSL State President (NSW Branch). Updated photographs by Peter Levarre- Waters.
Established date
1909-1910
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Dedication date: 
1910-01-10
Dedication date
10 January 1910
Conflict/s
  • South African War (Boer War), 1899–1902

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