South African War Memorial


Sandstone block pillar with semi-circular stone surround and faced with a bronze dedicatory name plaque. This monument is situated in one of Sydney's most historic areas, The Rocks, with a number of guns and canons dating back to the early days of the Sydney colony.

The memorial was dedicated on 2 June 1940 at 3pm. A digital copy of the Order of Service from the ceremony can be access through the Mitchell Collection, State Library of New South Wales. 


The Units of the Volunteers from New South Wales who responded to the Empire's call SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1899-1902.


327 Officers - 6000. Other Ranks 14. Nurses 5877. Horses 244. Killed or died on service.

Erected by the South African Soldiers' Association.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Lt Colonel H P Airey South African Campaign NSW Citizens Bushmen view
Captain J M Antill South African Campaign A-Sqn NSW Mounted Rifles view
Major Hon. RUPERT Carrington South African Campaign 3rd NSW Imperial Bushman view
Captain C F Cox South African Campaign NSW Lancers view
Major C F Cox South African Campaign 3rd NSW Mounted Rifles view
Lt Colonel H B Lassetter South African Campaign 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles view
Major C L Lee South African Campaign NSW Lancers view
Captain J G Legge South African Campaign NSW Infantry (Mounted) view
Lt Colonel J S Lyster South African Campaign 1 Bn Aust Cmnwlth Horse view
Lt Colonel J W Macarthur Onslow South African Campaign 5 Bn Aust Cmnwlth Horse view
Observatory Park
Observatory Hill
The Rocks NSW 2000
Local Government Area
  • Sydney, City of
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Column/pillar
Recorded by
Mr Rusty Priest AM, former RSL State President (NSW Branch)
Established date
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Dedication date: 
Dedication date
02 June 1940
  • South African War (Boer War), 1899–1902

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