Lismore South African War Memorial

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Description

The South African War Memorial, located near the Lismore Memorial Pool, commemorates those from Lismore and District who served in the South African (Boer) War in 1899-1902. The structure stands twenty feet high with a life-sized figure of a NSW Lancer in khaki uniform. The figure itself is made of hammered copper and is mounted on a base of marble with a freestone base above the pedestal. The monument was designed by architect F J Board and sculptor M Jones.

The Brisbane Courier on 2 October 1902 described the unveiling of the 'district patriotic memorial'. That day, the mayor revealed that 'over 200 men for the Richmond River took part in the South African War, many of whom went with the Queensland contingents'.

The monument was once located at the corner of Woodlark and Keen Streets. It was at the meeting of the Lismore Municipal Council held in January 1927 that Ald. Stratford raised the possibility of moving the monument. No action was taken and it was in March 1937 that the mayor Ald. S.J. Hosie reported that the monument, now in a state of disrepair, was dismantled and removed from its position. It was placed in its new position in Memorial Park on Saturday 20 March that same year.

Inscription

Front inscription:

Erected by
the people of the Richmond River
to commemorate the part taken
in the
South African War
by the citizen soldiers
of the district

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Hostilities began 10th October 1899
Peace proclaimed 2nd June 1902

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Gloria Fortibus

 

Second panel:

Branches of the service
represented at the front

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53 N.S.W. Lancers
13 Scottish Rifles
5 Reservists
76 civilians

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Names of all combatants from the
(with particulars of service)
district appear on a scroll in the Town Hall.

 

Rear inscription:

Engagements in which our
soldiers distinguished themselves

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Belmont
Crasspan
Modder River
Magersfontein
Arundel
Relief of Kimberley
Paardeberg
Driefontein
Bloemfontein
Doornkop
Diamond Hills
Barberton
Ermelo

 

Fourth panel:

Heroes who gave their lives
for the Empire
[list of names]

 

Other panels:

M. JONES
SCULPTOR

Wm. LOCKETT
MAYOR
Octr. 1st 1902.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflicts 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
Lismore Memorial Park
Molesworth Street
Lismore NSW 2480
Local Government Area
  • Lismore, City of
Location/surrounding area
The monument is located in the Memorial Park, northeast of and adjacent to the Lismore Memorial Baths.
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM
Established date
1902
Dedication date
1/10/1902
Conflict/s
Boer War

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