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Casino Mafeking Lamp

Casino Mafeking Lamp
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Casino Mafeking Lamp and surroundings
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Casino Mafeking Lamp, northern face
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Casino Mafeking Lamp, southern face
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Casino Mafeking Lamp, eastern face
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Casino Mafeking Lamp, western face
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Casino Mafeking Lamp, "Erected by" tablet
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Casino Mafeking Lamp, 1991 dedication plaque
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Casino Mafeking Lamp, 50 years anniversary plaque
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Description / Background

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, which has 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 in Casino, NSW.

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 dated 11 November 1991, which dedicates the Mafeking Lamp and is a memorial to those Australians who served in times of war. The second plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, dedicated on 11 November 1995.

Inscription

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.

Southern face

Heroes who gave their lives for the Empire
[Names]

Eastern face

Kimberley 
Besieged 14th October 1899
Relieved 15th February 1900

Commander, Colonel Kekewich.
Relieving Commander, Lieut. Gnl. French.

Western face

Mafeking
Besieged 15th October 1899
Relieved 17th May 1900

Commander, Colonel Baden-Powell.
Relieving Commander, Lieut. Col. Mahon D.S.O.

Base, plaque

1945 1995

- Commemorating 50 years -

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

Lest we forget

Base, tablet

Erected by public subscription 1901

Base, 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

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
Private D Black South Africa 499 Col Mil Forces Mafeking, Cape Colony view
Trooper T B Burgess South Africa 205 Col Mil Forces Pietersberg view
Trooper L Fetting South Africa 599 Col Mil Forces Bloemfontein view
Private H L N Gaggin South Africa 495 Col Mil Forces Queensland view
Trooper J T Goodall South Africa view
Corporal H T Jones South Africa 2763 Col Mil Forces Bloemfontein view
Private J Matheson South Africa 293 Col Mil Forces Rietfontein view
Lance Corporal P J McNamara South Africa 3249 Col Mil Forces Holfontein view
Private E C Ogle South Africa 464 Col Mil Forces Bloemfontein view

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Address
Cnr Walker and Barker Streets
Casino NSW 2470
Local Government Area
Richmond Valley Council
Setting
Roadside
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
Lamp
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Year of construction
1901
Conflict/s
South African War (Boer War), 1899–1902
Second World War, 1939–45
Materials
Bronze
Marble
Metal
Other stone