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Centenary Memorial
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

Date:1912
Type:Memorial
Status:Extant


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33°18'38.16" S 26°31'33.72" E Alt: 549m
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The Grahamstown Centenary Memorial was unveiled in 1912 by Prime Minister Jan Smuts.

The main inscription on the east side of the memorial relates to the establishment of the town in 1812. Proclaimed in August 1812 and named Graham's Town after Lieutenant Colonel John Graham, a British officer. Corporal Andries Stockenstrom was also present when the site was chosen. The position of the memorial is that of a mimosa tree (Acacia) where the men sat and decided on the site of the town. The tree fell in 1842. The memorial was paid for by public subscription. Bronze plaques were originally intended for all four sides.

A plaque by Dutch sculptor August Falise - commemorating the bravery of Elizabeth Salt - is positioned on the opposite (west) side with the caption "To Pioneer Women and to commemorate an incident at the Battle of Grahamstown 22 April 1819."

(Submitted by William MARTINSON)