Lismore South African War Memorial

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The Lismore South African War Memorial commemorates those from Lismore and District who served in the South African (Boer) War. The monument stands 20 feet high. It consists of a life-sized figure of a NSW Lancer in khaki uniform, made of hammered copper. It is mounted on a pillar of marble with a freestone base above the pedestal. Marble plaques are attached to the sides. The monument was designed by architect F. J. Board and sculptor M. Jones. It is located near the Lismore Memorial Baths.

On 2 October 1902, the Brisbane Courier described the unveiling of the "district patriotic memorial." That day, the mayor revealed "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. At the meeting of the Lismore Municipal Council in January 1927, Alderman Stratford raised the possibility of moving the monument. No action was taken at the time, and it was not until March 1937 that Mayor Alderman S. J. Hosie reported 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 20 March the same year.



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

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

Gloria Fortibus


Branches of the service
represented at the front

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

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


Engagements in which our
soldiers distinguished themselves

Modder River
Relief of Kimberley
Diamond Hills


Heroes who gave their lives
for the Empire


M. Jones


Wm. Lockett
Octr. 1st 1902.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit at embarkation Campaign Read more
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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Lismore Memorial Park
Molesworth Street
Lismore NSW 2480
Local Government Area
  • Lismore, City of
  • Garden/park
Location status
Memorial type
  • Column/pillar
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Year of construction
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date
01 October 1902
  • South African War (Boer War), 1899–1902
  • Copper
  • Marble