Marble statue on a pedestal with the lion's head fountain.
to commemorate the valour of
FRED W. WYLIE
of Galatea, Rotorua.
Fourth N.Z. Contingent.
by the Public
Extract from Brigade Orders
The death of King's Sergt.
F. Wylie is deeply regretted
A brave man and a good soldier
Ext Capt Walker–
He was brave as a lion.
He recaptured unaided|
a 15-pr gun, taking two
prisoners in the action
25th march 1901. Promoted
King's Sergt by command,
subsequently joining the
Seventh Contingent he
was killed while leading
the attack in action at
Klipfontein 26th may 1901.
aged 25 years.
Fama semper vivat
Immediately below the statue is the text:
Boer War 1899-1902
This monument commemorates Fred Wylie, a young soldier from
Galatea who fought in the Boer War with the Fourth New Zealand
Contingent. Son of the first store keeper in Rotorua, Joseph
Wylie, and a member of a unit known as the 'Rough Riders,' he
was killed leading an attack at Klipfontein on 26th May 1901.
'He was brave as a lion,' reads the inscription, which might
explain the lion's head fountain on the front of the statue. The
project to create this memorial was initiated by the people of
Galatea, and it was unveiled in 1904.
- Unknown artist. Do you know who the sculptor is? please let us know.
Sources & Information
- The unveiling of Fred W. Wylie's monument at the Carnival, Otago Witness, 16 March 1904
Location (S 38°8'7" - E 176°15'24")
Item Code: nz016; Photograph: 5 February 2008
/ updated: 3 March 2011
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