Onehunga South African War tablet

Onehunga South African War tablet

Memorial sign Roll of Honour Roll of Honour

On 13 June 1900 the Union Jack was ceremonially unfurled on the Onehunga School’s newly erected 55-feet high flagpole (the Red Ensign and the New Zealand flag were also hoisted). A few days later, a brass tablet was placed on the flagpole bearing the words:

“This tablet was erected by the people of Onehunga to commemorate the departure of the undernamed volunteers for active service in South Africa”. This is followed by a total of 16 names of local men who had departed with the First, Second, Fourth or Fifth Contingents.

The plaque has long since been transferred to a flagpole in the Waikaraka Services Cemetery. Near the flagpole is the granite base of the Robert Friar memorial drinking fountain, originally erected in 1919 outside the Onehunga Presbyterian Church.

Souces: ‘Onehunga’s Flag Ceremony’, Auckland Star, 14/6/1900, p. 2; ‘Local and General News’, NZ Herald, 18/7/1900, p. 4.


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