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South African War Memorial, North Tce, Adelaide, SA, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Registered (15/05/1990)
Place ID 15815
Place File No 3/03/001/0142
Statement of Significance
The Memorial is socially significant because it was erected to honour soldiers who served in the South Australian contingents in the Boer War (1899-1902) and to commemorate those who died in the conflict. Since World War One it has been a focus for annual Anzac Day ceremonies when Australia's war dead are remembered. Historically, it serves as a reminder of South Australia's Boer War involvement and of Colonial support for Britain during the war. It is a significant landmark which contributes to the character of the North Terrace and is an important piece of public sculpture of its period.
Official Values Not Available
Description
The equestrian statue was sculpted by English artist Captain A Jones and cost 1,600pounds, which was raised by public subscription in South Australia. The statue is of a trooper in uniform, probably of the 2nd South Australian contingent and is cast in bronze and set on a pedestal of red Murray Bridge granite. The names of fifty-nine officers and men killed in the conflict are inscribed on bronze shields.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
The Memorial was unveiled on 6 June 1904. It is in good condition and the granite base has recently been cleaned. The bronze components show a patchy green patina. The horse's neckrope, broken sometime earlier this century, is being repaired by the corporation of the City of Adelaide.
Location
North-eastern corner of North Terrace and King William Street, Adelaide.
Bibliography
MINUTE BOOK OF THE ADELAIDE MEMORIAL COMMITTEE.
"MEMOIRS OF A SOLDIER ARTIST" BY CAPTAIN ADRIAN JONES, MVO.
MAYOR'S REPORTS AND CITY COUNCIL NOTICE PAPERS.
NEWSPAPERS - "REGISTER", "OBSERVER", "ADVERTISER" OF VARIOUS DATES.
Eadie, R. 1991. 1988-89 National Estate Grant, South African War Memorial Conservation.

Report Produced  Wed Apr 16 17:49:14 2014