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FALLEN TROOPERS' MEMORIAL

„ The Dnnedin memorial to the members of the' various New Zealand contingents who laid dawn tlwir lives for the Empiro in the. South African war, and which takes ths form of a mbnument to bo erected at the Ova!, is now within measureable distance of being placed in position. The design of Mr C. Bergamini, of this city, was selected by the committee, and the work was cxeeulod at Carrara, in Italy. Tlio wholo of the cases containing the memorial have now been received, and they are stored at tile New Zea.land Express Company's Cumberland street premises. The design has been previously described in the. Times, but. a few partucilars regardif. may not ta out, of place at this stage. The total height, is 38ft, and stands on a, base of llire'j stew of Port Chalmers stone ftnd a block of Malmsbury (Australian) bluestoirc.'" Tlio pedesfcil is broad and massive, and from, it riees a square column Sit I'iqih. by 3ft 6in wide, (ho wholo being; stirmounted by a. full-sized soldier, with rifle in band, eta-ndim; at imard over a dying comrade at his feet. At each of the four top corners' of tlio pedestal there i« a very ornamental tropin- of arms, intertwined with regimental colours and a ear'and of laurel leaves. On the column iteelf (hero is a fine daaii/n representing the TTnion ■ •lack and New Zealand flag in shield form. • surmounted by a crown and surrounded with laurel lawns. Tlho can of the colnmn U hrolten by a heavy floral festoon, whi!?i two pancU for inscription purnoses have Iwon provided in t.'io pedestal, each'of which is 9ft. by ?.ft 6iti. The whole heiiiß of the best while marble, should, when erected, present a very handsome appcareno?, and bo a credit and acquisition to th« city. 'Die committee which has the nuttier in band, as representing the Fallen Soldiers Committee, are Messrs ft. C'isbolni. J. A. Park, and ,T. L. Salmond; Thev attended yesterday (with the exception of' Mr Park, who font an apology), when Mr Be'-jramini opened the eas« containing the statue and another containing one of the corner trophies. There were also ,ire.<*>nl Messrs 0. R. Smith, 1,. Wilwn, and (}. Duncan. The work has oven- appearanoe of having been carefully ant) artistically executed' end Mr Bergamini oxnresses" himself as hcint very well satisfied. The preliminary work at tho site on the Oval is well in band, and work is now proceeding 0 n the third and last of the Port Chalmers stone s , to " s : , has not so f ar definitely decided when the monument, is to be erected—a few details have still to 1)0 attended fo.-hut Bergamini and Roid say that a month to six weeks will ho occupied in the work of erection from tho lime tncy get instructions to proceed.

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FALLEN TROOPERS' MEMORIAL, Otago Daily Times, Issue 13674, 17 August 1906

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FALLEN TROOPERS' MEMORIAL Otago Daily Times, Issue 13674, 17 August 1906

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