A moving memorial

Carol Herben


Wollongong has a very tangible link with the Boer War in the form of a memorial in MacCabe Park. Wollongong man, Frank Andrews, was killed at Ottoshoop in South Africa on 26 August 1900. Frank's death was greeted with great dismay in Wollongong and public subscriptions were raised quickly to commemorate his sacrifice. Local monumental mason, Frederick Rose, was engaged to construct the sandstone memorial. The unveiling ceremony was held on 2 June 1902 on the corner of Crown and Kembla Streets outside the Town Hall. It was later moved to the Rest Park behind Globe Lane, where it remained until the development of the Gateway Shopping Centre in the early 1980s. It was dismantled and stored until re-erected in MacCabe Park.