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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Riverview Memorial Park is a spacious park with gravelled pathways and a monument honouring veterans of the Boer War. It is located on Douglas Avenue within the Douglas Avenue Preservation Area of Saint John.
Riverview Memorial Park is designated a Local Historic Place for its association with Margaret Baizley and the Women's Christian Temperance Union, for is use as a memorial to those who served in the Boer War and for its landscape.
Riverview Memorial Park is recognized for its association with Margaret Baizley and the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). Baizley was a strong WCTU leader and worker and she headed the campaign that collected funds for the construction of a monument to New Brunswick volunteers for the South African War. This park serves as a reminder of the hard work and determination of Mrs. Baizley and the WCTU, without which the park may not have been developed. This park, built in 1902, has served the residents of Saint John for over a century as a point of leisure and as a memorial to the brave soldiers of the Boer War.
Riverview Memorial Park is also recognized for its role as a memorial to the courage of those who served for King and Country in the South African Boer War. Part of Canada's first contingent, the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry, had been recruited in the Province of New Brunswick. G Company, which included many former members of the famed 62nd Saint John Fusiliers, had distinguished itself at the celebrated battle of Paardeberg in February, 1900, which resulted in the surrender of Pieter Cronje's forces. Four Saint John men were killed in the Boer War at Paardeberg, three on the day of Cronje's surrender, February 27th 1900. For many years, local Boer War veterans gathered at this park on Paardeberg Day and performed a re-enactment of the battle where they would charge entrenched African forces. On February 27th, 1999, after two decades had passed without memorial to these men, Colonel Reginald Fendick revived the ceremony.
Riverview Memorial Park is also recognized for its contextual surroundings and for its physical monuments. The focal point of the park is a statue of a private soldier in an admirable pose, holding a firearm, and represents the dress and equipment of the different contingents with the exception of the first, which was an infantry regiment. An excellent view of Marble Cove and the Saint John River can be observed from this park.
Source: Planning and Development Department - City of Saint John
The character-defining elements that describe Riverview Memorial Park include:
- gravelled pathways;
- layout of trees;
- night lights;
- statue of a lone soldier atop the monument;
- columns with Corinthian capitals in the base of the granite monument with the names and vital statistics of the men killed or died of sickness during the Boer War;
- view of Marble Cove and the Saint John River.
Local Governments (NB)
Municipal Heritage Preservation Act, s.5(1)
Municipal Heritage Preservation Act
1900/01/01 to 1900/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Governing Canada
- Military and Defence
- Building Social and Community Life
- Education and Social Well-Being
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Sports and Leisure
Function - Category and Type
- Commemorative Monument
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Planning and Development Department - City of Saint John
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