This South African War memorial consists of a 15-foot marble column, surmounted by a street lamp. It is known as the Mafeking Lamp, named after the Siege of Mafeking during the Boer War. It is supported by a pedestal on a freemason base with several plaques attached including the insignias of the Australian Defence Forces. It is located at a roundabout at the corner of Walker and Barker Streets, Casino.
At the base of the memorial are four inscriptions: three dedicated to the areas in which sieges occurred, Ladysmith, Kimberley, Mafeking, as well as listing the names of the Commanders and Relieving Commanders. The fourth lists the names of the soldiers from the Richmond River Region who served. At the top there are details of the lighting company ''Kitson Lighting & Heating Company Brisbane.' The first lighting of the lamp used acetylene gas.
On Victoria Day, 24 May 1901 the war memorial was dedicated and handed over to the Casino Municipal Council. Since that date, two metal plaques have been attached to the base. Firstly, a plaque from the Casino Ministers Fraternal which dedicates the Mafeking Lamp and is a memorial to those Australians who served in times of war, dated 11 November 1991. Secondly, a plaque which commemorates the 50th year anniversary for the end of the Second World War, dedicated on 11 November 1995.
Besieged 15th October 1899
Relieved 17th May 1900
Lieut. Col. MAHON D.S.O.
Besieged 2nd November 1899
Relieved 28th February 1900
Lieut. Gnl. Sir G.S. WHITE V.C.
Gnl. Sir REDVERS BULLER V.C.
- COMMEMORATING 50 YEARS -
To the men and women
who paid the supreme sacrifice
in World War II.
LEST WE FORGET
The Mafeking Lamp
the Casino Ministers Fraternal
on the 11th November 1991
as a memorial
to those who served
in the Australian Armed Forces
on land, sea and in the air
during times of war.
Lest we forget
Besieged 14th October 1899
Relieved 15th February 1900
Lieut. Gnl. FRENCH.
Heroes who gave their lives
for the Empire
|Rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflict/s||Fate||Service No.||Service||Unit||Campaign||Link|
|Private||D||Black||South Africa||Died 12/9/1900||499||Col Mil Forces||NSW Imperial Bushmen||Mafeking, Cape Colony||view|
|Trooper||T B||Burgess||South Africa||DOD 29/6/1901||205||Col Mil Forces||Bushveldt Carbineers||Pietersberg||view|
|Trooper||L||Fetting||South Africa||DOI 8/5/1901||599||Col Mil Forces||NSW Lancers||Bloemfontein||view|
|Private||H L N||Gaggin||South Africa||DOD 14/5/1901||495||Col Mil Forces||1st NSW Mt Rifles||Queensland||view|
|Trooper||J T||Goodall||South Africa||view|
|Corporal||H T||Jones||South Africa||Died 19/12/1901||2763||Col Mil Forces||3rd NSW Mtd Rifles||Bloemfontein||view|
|Private||J||Matheson||South Africa||KIA 16/6/1901||293||Col Mil Forces||6th Qld Imp Bushmen||Rietfontein||view|
|Lance Corporal||P J||McNamara||South Africa||KIA 26/6/1901||3249||Col Mil Forces||3rd NSW Imp Bushmen||Holfontein||view|
|Private||E C||Ogle||South Africa||Died 16/5/1900||464||Col Mil Forces||1st NSW Mt Rifles||Bloemfontein||view|
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