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Caskey Monument

  • 600335
  • cnr Mount Coot-tha Road and Frederick Street, Toowong

General

Classification
State Heritage
Register status
Entered
Date entered
21 October 1992
Type
Monuments and memorials: Memorial/monument
Themes
1.4 Peopling places: Family and marking the phases of life
8.6 Creating social and cultural institutions: Commemorating significant events
Architect
Busby, William
Builder
Busby, William
Construction period
1902, Caskey Monument (1902 - 1902)
Historical period
1900–1914 Early 20th century

Location

Address
cnr Mount Coot-tha Road and Frederick Street, Toowong
LGA
Brisbane City Council
Coordinates
-27.47759, 152.9847125

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Significance

Criterion AThe place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland’s history.

The Caskey Monument at Toowong, [unusually, a Government sponsored memorial to an individual], is important as the first known South African War memorial in Queensland and a model for later monuments in this state.

Criterion BThe place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Queensland’s cultural heritage.

The Caskey Monument at Toowong, [unusually, a Government sponsored memorial to an individual], is important as the first known South African War memorial in Queensland and a model for later monuments in this state.The monument provides a unique source of historical information, and the design is important in illustrating the social fashion and attitudes of its era.

Criterion DThe place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places.

The monument provides a unique source of historical information, and the design is important in illustrating the social fashion and attitudes of its era.

The Caskey Monument at Toowong, [unusually, a Government sponsored memorial to an individual], is important as the first known South African War memorial in Queensland and a model for later monuments in this state.

Criterion EThe place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

The monument provides a unique source of historical information, and the design is important in illustrating the social fashion and attitudes of its era.

History

This monument was erected at Toowong Cemetery in May 1902 in memory of Lieutenant Lachlan John Caskey, who was killed in action at Makari Drift, Caledon River, South Africa on 27 September 1901. He was 31 years old.

Caskey was a member of the 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen and, like all Australian troops participating in the South African [Boer] War of 1899-1902, was a volunteer. As a member of the QIB he was under British command, and his pay was issued by the colonial government at an English cavalryman's rate.

The Caskey Monument is the first known South African War monument to be erected in Queensland. A design competition was won by prominent monumental mason William Busby, a public committee was established to raise the £70 construction cost, and the project was sponsored by the State Government. Caskey was a sportsman and school teacher, and his monument was unveiled by the Minister of Public Instruction.

The Caskey Monument is one of only four known South African War monuments in Brisbane, the others being the Berry and MacFarlane Monument [1902] at Sherwood (QHR 600292), the Anning Monument [1903] at Hemmant (QHR 600220) and the South African War Memorial [1919] in Anzac Square (QHR 600060). The design of the Caskey Monument, particularly the obelisk and draped shroud, appears to have been the model for the others. Another monument to Caskey, erected near Allora where he had taught, has been lost.

Description

The monument, which consists of an obelisk on a pedestal, is executed in Helidon sandstone and stands 5 metres high.

The white sandstone obelisk is draped in a shroud. A sword is carved in relief on the front face. Below it is a quill, a tribute to Caskey's academic achievements. On the west face are crossed tennis racquets and on the east, crossed cricket bats, acknowledging his sporting interests. This theme is continued with a football on the front of the pedestal.

The pedestal also features recessed slabs of Italian marble on all sides, flanked by columns of brown sandstone. The front slab bears a leaded inscription. The monument is surrounded by a sandstone retaining wall.

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Location

Location of Caskey Monument within Queensland
Licence
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Last updated
20 January 2016
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