Soldier’s Memorial, Launceston, Australia

The Soldier’s Memorial, Launceston
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This image is from the time of unveiling in 1904, as shown below.

Memorial to Tasmanian Soldiers who fell in South Africa Photo: Gratton
Weekly Courier, 27 February 1904

The foundation stone was laid about six months earlier (on the King’s Birthday holiday).

A function deserving of widespread interest is the laying by the Mayor, of the foundation stone of the Fallen Soldiers’ memorial in the City Park. The ceremony will take place at 10.30 am., the aldermen will be in attendance, and those who by ties of blood or friendship have a keen personal] interest in the commemoration of the fallen soldiers are particularly invited to attend. Senator Colonel Cameron, it will be learned with pleasure, is to take a prominent part in the functions ; both he and Colonel Martin will deliver addresses. There will be a body of military in attendance, and the ceremony will be conducted, with all the dignity due to so memorable an event. As the funds to pay for the memorial have been somewhat exceeded by the committee in its laudable desire to obtain something creditable to the city, and worthy of the men who sacrificed their lives in the struggle, the public will be able to lay any further donations they may have to give on the stone. The committee feel confident that this opportunity will be generously availed of.

Some alteration has lately been proposed as to the stone to be used for the figures in the design, the new idea being to make the angel, representing the Commonwealth, of marble, and the effigies of the soldiers of Tasmania brown stone. The design, as a whole, is of a handsome and appropriate character; it has been prepared by Mr Silvanus Wilmot, sculptor. Mr Wilmot’s design provides for a monument to be worked in Ross freestone, in three shades, pink, grey, and brown. The total height will be about 18ft. A figure representing Australia, 5ft in height, will form the top of the monument. Four other figures, representing soldiers of different regiments, will occupy niches below the central top figure. An additional larger niche will be provided in the centre, and will be suitable for the reception of a larger figure at some future time. Marble panels are provided for inscriptions. The design is in the Renaissance style. The base will measure about six feet square, and the whole will be enclosed with a bluestone kerb, which will form a nice contrast and give a pleasing effect to the other part of the work. The design has been well studied out, so as to give the best possible effect, and if it is accepted the monument will be a work of art which should be much admired when its erection has been completed.
Daily Telegraph, 8 November 1902

The ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the handsome monument subscribed to commemorate the memory of the Tasmanians who fell in South Africa was performed in the City Park yesterday morning by his Worship the Mayor (Alderman F. K. Fairthorne) in the presence of large attendance.

The site chosen for the memorial is between the fernery and the bird cage, and in close proximity to the spot where the presentation of the flag and bugle was made to the First Tasmanian Contingent on the day they left Launceston for South Africa.
Examiner, 11 November 1902

Unveiling Tasmanian Soldiers’ Memorial Photo: Gratton
Weekly Courier, 27 February 1904

The unveiling of the soldiers’ memorial erected in the City Park to the memory of the Tasmanians who fell in the South African war will take place at 4 o’clock this afternoon, in the presence of the Mayor (Alderman J. W. Pepper), the aldermen, Major-General Sir Edward Hutton, leading citizens, and the northern troop?. Colonel Cameron, C.B., who laid the foundation stone of the memorial, will also perform the unveiling ceremony. The following list gives the names of the Tasmanians who lost their lives in the Boer war:–
First Tasmanian Contingent.-Privates E. Bailey (Avoca), killed in action; T. W. Barker (Penguin), enteric fever; Corporal H. A. Betts (Brighton), killed in action; Privates H. Black (Cressy), enteric fever; A. Button and A. Gilham (Evandale), killed in action.
Draft for the First Contingent.-Private J. Butler (Perth), peritonitis; Private T. Galvin (Beaconsfield), enteric fever; Private R. P. Pitt (Deloraine), enteric fever: Private R. P. Doolin (Launceston), enteric fever.
Tasmanian Bushmen’s Contingent:- Corporal E. R. Jacson (Launceston), killed in action.
First Imperial Contingent.-Lieut. A. A. Sale (Ulverstone), died from wounds; Lieut. C. H. Walter (Hobart), killed in action; Private L. F. J. Lette, enteric fever: Private C. H. Brown (Ulverstone), died from wounds; Private P. M’Laren (Latrobe), killed in action; Private W. A. Wadley (Bishopsbourne), enteric fever.
Second Imperial Contingent.-Private J. E. Warburton (Westbury), died from wounds; Corporal J. Orr (Lilydale), killed in action; Quarter-master-Sergt. D. M. Lyne (Fingal), enteric fever; Private J. Phegan, dysentery; Private F. S. Powell (Somerset), enteric fever; Private L. P. Huttley (Launceston).
“E”‘ Squadron First Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse.- Private A. E. Fitzallen (Ross), enteric fever; Q.M.S. F. E. Morrisby (Bellerive), hepatic abscess.
“E” Squadron Third Battalion A.C.H.- Private C. Cundy, pneumonia (on the Drayton Grange); Private V. L. Hodgman (St. Helen’s), pneumonia (on the Drayton Grange).
The following Tasmanians who were attached to English regiments also lost their lives in South Africa:-Lieutenant Evans. Sergeant Warner, Privates Geo. Ellis and Perkins. The two first-named belonged to Hobart, Sergeant Warner being a son of Lieut.-Colonel Warner, and Privates Ellis and Perkins hailed from Launceston.
Examiner, 20 February 1904

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