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Nelson South African War memorial


The memorial in c1986:


South African War memorial in Nelson's Queen's Gardens.

The unveiling of Nelson’s monument to its South African war dead in Queen’s Gardens on 4 June 1906 was marked by a general holiday, rugby and hockey tournaments and a parade of six hundred volunteers.

In perfect weather, the Hon. Colonel Pitt unveiled the 4.9-m marble memorial depicting a soldier with a rifle in his hands atop a platform on four pedestals. Pitt spoke of the need for a navy and military training for citizens.

The memorial lists soldiers from the province who made the ultimate sacrifice: Sergeants J. Hawkesworth and W.A Jennings, and Troopers L.M. Tarrant, G. Hyde, P.C. Best, E.G. Emms, F.E. Pahl, J.H. Lunn, G.C.D. Fowler, J.P. Roberts and R.V. James.

Further information

  • Nelson News’, Wanganui Herald, 5 June 1906, p. 5
  • Chris Maclean and Jock Phillips, The Sorrow and the Pride: New Zealand War Memorials, GP Books, Wellington, 1990

Images: Gretchen Howard, 2010; Jock Phillips and Chirs Maclean, c1986

Find out more about the people listed on this memorial on the Auckland Museum's Cenotaph website

How to cite this page

Nelson South African War memorial, URL:, (Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated