Halifax South African War Memorial

On 19 October 1901, the Prince of Wales (the future George V) laid the cornerstone for this monument to soldiers of the South African War.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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South African War

Visitor Information

1741 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Halifax South African War Memorial is open 24 hours a day.


Database Information

Municipality/Province: Halifax, NS

Memorial number: 12004-007

Type: Statue

Address: 1741 Hollis St

Location: Province House

GPS coordinates: Lat: 44.648443 Long: -63.5732464

Contributor: Marilyn Gurney; Hellmut Shade; Terry MacDonald

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The Prince of Wales

On 19 October, 1901, the Prince of Wales (the future George V) laid the cornerstone for the monument. This was the first visit to Canada by a Prince and Princess of Wales. The Prince also gave medals to returning soldiers. Two weeks later, on November 1, the heroes of Paardeberg returned and marched triumphantly down George Street.

Description

The statue was made by Hamilton MacCarthy (who also made the Boer War Monument in the Halifax Public Gardens and the Harold Lothrop Borden statue in Canning, Nova Scotia). At the base of the statue are four panels. One panel is of the departure of troops from Halifax en route to South Africa; another is the Battle of Witpoort, which made Harold Lothrop Borden the most famous Canadian Casualty of the War; another depicts the Battle of Paardeberg (Canada's most significant battle of the war, with the most casualties); and the fourth panel is of the Siege of Mafeking. These panels were also meant to honour the three Canadian Services that fought in the war: the infantry, mounted rifles and artillery. The Nova Scotia Princess Louise Fusiliers and the Nova Scotia Highlanders participated in the war.

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