RBA have been appointed to monitor the dismantling and conservation of the South African Soldiers’ Memorial on St Kilda Road, which is being temporarily removed to allow for the construction of the new underground Anzac Station (part of the Metro Tunnel Project).

Piece by piece, the memorial is slowly and carefully being dismantled, each separate component labelled and prepared for storage in custom made cases.

Whilst in storage, specialist conservators will carry out conservation works on the stone and bronze elements in preparation for the memorial’s future reinstatement within Albert Road Reserve.

The South African Soldiers’ Memorial was erected to commemorate the Australians who fell in the Boer War fought in South Africa between 1899 and 1902. The memorial rises over 21m and takes the form of a grey granite obelisk and pedestal, embellished with a bronze plaque, sword, and eucalyptus wreath, set on a raised square podium. It was designed by Melbourne based architects, Leighton Irwin and Roy Stevenson, and constructed between 1922 and 1924. Some thirty years later in 1952, four sandstone lions, designed and carved by sculptor Stanley Hammond, were finally added at each corner of the podium.

Interpretive panels, with content developed by RBA, are on display at the site providing historical and descriptive information to enhance an understanding of the memorial.

13 December 2017

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