Sunday, 25 June 2017

Parramatta, Boer War Memorial

The Boer War Memorial is located in Parramatta Park, in the western suburb of Parramatta. It commemorates Australian participation in the Boer War when volunteer Lancers were the first Australian troops to arrive in South Africa in 1899. The memorial was erected in 1904 using four Doric columns, the entablature blocks and the cornice from the former Parramatta Courthouse, designed by Mortimer Lewis in 1837. In the centre of the memorial, a broken pillar signifies "life broken short" to remember the lives lost in the war. The cannon on top of the memorial made by Cornelius King in 1822 was one of six nine-pounder field guns used for the defence of Port Jackson at Dawes Point, as were the two Georgian cannons on either side.

13 comments:

  1. Quite distinctive. There is a memorial here as well for the Boer War, and the dates have been inscribed into our national war memorial.

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  2. NIce. I think it's important to have memorials around to remind people of the history of the country.

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  3. I always like seeing war memorials. We have a huge one downtown.

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  4. That is quite a memorial - the canons are ral canons that were likely used in battle. We see that in the Us too, canons as part of the past. Impressive!

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  5. Hello Jim, guess what? Since 9:15 Sunday evening the owner fixed the link. It's up to you if you want to come back to put in your image anyway:)

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  6. Memorials are a great piece of history. You found a good one.

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  7. A solid memorial! Thanks for linking to Blue Monday.

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  8. A reminder to me of how precious peace is.

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  9. Very nice! We need war memorials to remind us to work for peace
    Have a great week-end!

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  10. Such a neat memorial and a pretty fence to surround it.

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