Rotorua South African War memorial

Rotorua South African War memorial

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The Rotorua South African War memorial, c1986.

The sacrifice of Sergeant Fred. W. Wylie of Galatea in the South African War was honoured by the unveiling of a memorial at the Rotorua carnival on 23 February 1904 by Mr Herries M.H.R.

Wylie was a member of Fourth Contingent who was promoted to Sergeant after capturing, unaided, a 15 pounder gun and two prisoners at Hartebeestfontein on 26 March 1901. He subsequently joined the Seventh Contingent and was killed leading an attack at Klipfontein.

The white marble statute of Sgt Wylie has a drinking fountain at its base and is similar to the South African War memorial erected in Auckland’s Albert Park. Both monuments were made by Parkinson & Co. of Victoria Street, Auckland.

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Gabriale Ratcliffe

Posted: 02 Jun 2018

Where is Wylie grave??


Posted: 03 Mar 2010

Hi Ron, it is in the Government Gardens at Rotorua. Jamie

Ron Austin

Posted: 03 Mar 2010

Where exactly is Wylie's statue (South African War memorial) located? Ron