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Lismore South African War Memorial

Lismore South African War Memorial
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Lismore South African War Memorial
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Lismore South African War Memorial, front panel
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Lismore South African War Memorial, side panel
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Lismore South African War Memorial, rear panel
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Lismore South African War Memorial, other side panel
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Lismore South African War Memorial, sculptor inscription
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Lismore South African War Memorial, mayor inscription
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Description / Background

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.

Inscription

Front 

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

Side

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.

Back

Engagements in which our
soldiers distinguished themselves

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

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Heroes who gave their lives
for the Empire
[Names]

Plaque

M. Jones
Sculptor

Plaque

Wm. Lockett
Mayor
Octr. 1st 1902.

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
Lismore Memorial Park
Molesworth Street
Lismore NSW 2480
Local Government Area
Lismore, City of
Setting
Garden/park
Location status
Moved/altered
Memorial type
Column/pillar
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Year of construction
1902
Dedication date
01 October 1902
Conflict/s
South African War (Boer War), 1899–1902
Materials
Copper
Marble