Official record of the commissioning and fund raising for Halifax’s memorial to the last war of the 19th century.
Minute book bound in quarter leather binding in very good condition with rubbing to edges and top and tail of spine. Marbled end papers and all edges. This offers a manuscript record of the proceedings of the committee for the soldiers’ memorial in Halifax to the 73 lives lost in the town to the South African/Boer Wars. Minutes were taken for meetings dating from the committee’s establishment in July 1902 to the erection of the memorial monument in November 1904, in West View Park in Halifax, with the final entry from 5th Dec 1905. The Manuscript runs for 66 pages.
The Mayor of Halifax and chair of the committee, William Brear, has signed off meeting proceedings on several occasions. Several related documents are laid in loosely between the first pages of writing. These consist of a paid invoice relating to the production of a memorial plaque, a letter to the committee regarding the framework that was put in place for the memorial, a typewritten letter to the Mayor William Brear requesting that excess funds be put towards another monument in South Africa from a W. H. Foster, a request that was ultimately denied, as recorded on page 62. The remaining documents consist of a letter from Herbert Tate, Inspector and Manager of Parks, Recreation Grounds & Cemetery invoicing the committee for labour associated to the memorial and a typewritten document stating the ‘List of Designs & Estimates for Railing’ along with associated costs, dated to Feb 21st 1905.