'Boer war, south africa, King William St, North terrace, tce, photograph, 1912, Edwardian, Adelaide, Ernst Fidge

Code: ADELBOER

SOUTH AFRICA WAR MEMORIAL 1899-1902

King William Road and North Terrace, Adelaide , South Australia"

On the 11 October 1899 the Boer War began in South Africa ending in 1902. 12,000 Australians served in the six colony contingents. The volunteers wer mostly mounted units known as MOUNTED RIFLES, BUSHMEN or IMPERIAL BUSHMEN. In honour of the 600 who died the SOUTH AFRICA WAR MEMORIAL was unveiled on June 4 1904 by Governor Le Hunte on North Terrace, Adelaide:
"Your stature is a statue of action and it betokens the action of Empire when it is called for"

The photograph is from an original glass plate from the discovered in the attic while restoring a cottage in the west CBD of Adelaide. The glass plates were created by Ernst Lewis Fidge (1881-1925). This one was noted as being taken around 1912.
in the background we have a see how grand the steet scape was prior to post WWII( 1939-1945) development: the magnificent grand SOUTH AUSTRALIAN HOTEL, known as "the South", stands to the right of the horseman. In 1964 The Beatles stayed there. It was demolished in 1971.
The intersection itself reveals much of our transport history: Adelaide had an extensive horse drawn tram network but the next phaze of electrification that began in 1895,is well and truly evident in this scene. However, horse drawn wagons, drays and cabs are still common place. Cars are yet to dominate the our wide streets.
Size of image 430mm x 320mm and has been traditionally reproduced in sepia
Condition = excellent
Price in Mat presentation as seen here $285

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