Casino Mafeking Lamp

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Description

This South African war memorial consists of a 15-foot column with a street lamp known as the Mafeking Lamp and various plaques, supported by a marble column and pedestal on a freemason base. It is located at a roundabout at the corner of Walker and Barker Streets, Casino.

At the base of the memorial there 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. The structure has insignias from the Australian Services.  

At the top there are details of the lighting company, declaring, ''Kitson Lighting & Heating Company Brisbane". The first lighting of the lamp used acetylene gas.

On Victoria Day, 24 May 1901 the war memorial was 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 World War II.

Inscription

Western face:

MAFEKING

Besieged 15th October 1899

Relieved 17th May 1900

COMMANDER,
Colonel BADEN-POWELL.

RELIEVING COMMANDER,
Lieut. Col. MAHON D.S.O.

 

Northern face:

LADYSMITH

Besieged 2nd November 1899

Relieved 28th February 1900

COMMANDER,
Lieut. Gnl. Sir G.S. WHITE V.C.

RELIEVING COMMANDER,
Gnl. Sir REDVERS BULLER V.C.

 

Underneath, plaque:

1945   1995

- COMMEMORATING 50 YEARS -

To the men and women
who paid the supreme sacrifice
in World War II.

LEST WE FORGET

 

Underneath, panel:

ERECTED BY
PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
1901

Underneath, small plaque:

The Mafeking Lamp
dedicated by
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

 

Eastern face:

KIMBERLEY

Besieged 14th October 1899

Relieved 15th February 1900

COMMANDER,
Colonel KEKEWICH.

RELIEVING COMMANDER,
Lieut. Gnl. FRENCH.

 

Southern face:

Heroes who gave their lives
for the Empire

[list of names]

Veterans listed on this memorial

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
Address
Cnr Walker and Barker Streets
Casino NSW 2470
Local Government Area
  • Richmond Valley Council
Location/surrounding area
The monument is located in the middle of a roundabout at the corner of Walker and Barker Streets, Casino.
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM
Established date
1901
Dedication date
24/05/1901; 11/11/1991; 11/11/1995
Conflict/s
Boer War
World War 2

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