West Torrens Boer MemorialPrint Page
The memorial commemorates citizens of West Torrens who served in the Boer War and the centenary of the departure of the first Australian contingent to the Second Boer War.
Around 16,000 Australians volunteered to fight for Britain against the Dutch-Afrikaner, or Boer, settlers in South Africa from 1899 to 1902. It remains Australia's third-worst conflict in terms of casualties. When the Boer War broke out in 1899, Australia was made up of six colonies that were on the verge of becoming a federation. The war was seen as an opportunity for Australia to show its commitment to Britain and to define its identity.
|Address:||Brooker Terrace, City of West Torrens Memorial Gardens, Hilton, 5033|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.933043|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||11-October-1899|
|Actual Event End Date:||1902-05-31|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 31st October, 1999|
To commemorate the Centenary
of the departure of the first
Australian contingent to
THE SECOND BOER WAR, 1899-1902
This memorial is dedicated to the memory of the citizens
of West Torrens who served in that conflict
and it was jointly unveiled by
BRIGADIER N.M. WILSON AM RFD ADC
Commander 9th Brigade
His Worship the Mayor of West Torrens
DR REECE JENNINGS JP MA MD PhD
31st October 1999
DEDICATION BY MAYOR JENNINGS
"At the end of the millennium, we do not seek to glorify war, which
is a terrible business, but to remember and record the role of that
campaign in establishing Australia as a strong nation and reliable
ally. The Australians reputation for courage, determination, bravery
and mateship was born on the battlefields of the Boer Republic and
formed the basis for ANZAC. The sacrifice of the servicemen and
women and their families at home cemented the traditions for all
men and women who have served Australia"