Erected to commemorate men from the Pātea district who served in the South African War (also known as the Second Anglo-Boer War), this light standard was originally located on 'The Triangle' outside the Central Hotel (corner of Egmont and Cambridge Streets) in Pātea. It was unveiled on 9 November 1900 which is unusual as the conflict did not end until 1902, and the design is also distinctive.

The light standard was removed in the 1980s, restored and re-sited outside the South Taranaki Museum (now Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki) at 127 Egmont Street in 1988. The original plaque on the base was transferred to the memorial wall commemorating the First and Second World Wars but replaced with a replica.

The plaque on the base of the standard reads:

British South Africa 9th Nov 1900.


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