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Berry & MacFarlane Monument

  • 600292
  • Sherwood Road, Sherwood


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


Sherwood Road, Sherwood
Brisbane City Council
-27.53295137, 152.98739358


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

The Berry & MacFarlane Monument at Sherwood, erected in 1902, is significant historically as an expression of emergent Australian nationalism in the earliest years of federation.

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

It is a rare Queensland South African War monument, and a unique source of historical information.

Criterion EThe place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

It is a skilfully executed example of its type, and a good example of the work of prominent Brisbane monumental masons W Batstone & Sons.

Criterion HThe place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Queensland’s history.

It is a skilfully executed example of its type, and a good example of the work of prominent Brisbane monumental masons W Batstone & Sons.


This monument was erected in July 1902 by friends of two young soldiers, Sergeant Robert Edwin Berry [aged 23 years] and Acting Corporal John MacFarlane [aged 21 years], who were killed in action in the Transvaal on 4 January 1902. The Berry family had long been resident in the Sherwood district, and were closely associated with St Matthew's Anglican Church in Sherwood Road [destroyed by fire in 1921].

Both young men were members of the 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen and, like all Australian troops participating in the South African [Boer] War of 1899-1902, were volunteers. As members of the QIB, however, they were under British command, and their pay was issued by the colonial government at English cavalrymen's rates.

The monument was carved by the masonry firm of W Batstone & Sons of South Brisbane, and was erected in the grounds of St Matthew's Anglican Church and Cemetery at Sherwood.

It is one of few South African War monuments erected in Queensland. Amongst these, other Brisbane memorials include the Caskey Monument [1902] in Toowong Cemetery (QHR 600335), the Anning Monument [1903] at Hemmant (QHR 600220) and the South African War Memorial [1919] in Anzac Square (QHR 600060).


The sandstone monument is located near the front entrance gate of the Sherwood Anglican Cemetery, facing east.

It stands 15 feet 3 inches [4.6 metres] high, and consists of a pedestal on a stepped sandstone base, rising to an obelisk draped by a tasselled shroud. Crossed rifles are carved in relief on the front face of the obelisk, which features a small cornice midway. The pedestal has two inscribed, leaded marble plates, and is ornamented with a trooper's hat and crossed swords in high relief at the base, and a rose and leaf design around the top.

The pedestal shows signs of spalling at the base, partly caused by the monument having been painted, and the relief detail is weathered. Originally the monument was surrounded by a stone kerbing and six posts linked by rails, with marble chips inside the border. The memorial now stands borderless and within 2 metres of the more recently erected columbarium.

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Location of Berry & MacFarlane Monument within Queensland
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Last updated
20 January 2016
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