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27-July-2017
27-July-2017

Photographs supplied by Henry Moulds

The National Boer War Memorial commemorates those from Australia who served in the South African (Boer) War.

The monument shows Australian troopers mounted on horses breaking through the trees of ANZAC Parade. The significance of the four troopers is that they represent a four-man section, a formation for fighting and patrolling. When they went into combat, three men would dismount while the fourth would lead the horses to cover. Letters from veteran Frederick Harper Booth are at the feet of the horses.

From 10th October 1899 to the end of May 1902 a bitter conflict raged across the South African veldt between Britain and her Empire and the two largely self governing Boer Republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State. When a Boer ultimatum to the British expired, Boer commandos streamed across the borders into the British colonies of the Cape of Good Hope and Natal.

The six Australian States (colonies) were quick to make troops available to Britain .The first formed unit of troops from Australia, a squadron of the New South Wales Lancers landed in Capetown on 2 November 1899, less that one month after hostilities began. The Boer War was the first full commitment of troops by all the Australian Colonies to a foreign war and with the formation of the Australian Commonwealth on 1st January 1901 it became our country’s first military involvement as a nation.

 

Location

Address:ANZAC Parade, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.288321
Long: 149.141553
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Boer
Actual Event STart Date:11-October-1899
Actual Event End Date:01-June-1902
Monument Designer:Louis Laumen (Sculptor) Pod Landscape Architecture & Jane Cavanough (Designers+

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 31st May, 2017
Front Inscription

BOER WAR 1899 - 1902

When the dash and the excitement and the novelty are dead,
And you've seen a load of wounded once or twice.
Or you've watched your old mate dying - with the vultures overhead,
Well, you wonder if the war is worth the price.

And down along Monaro now they`re starting out to shear.
I can picture the excitement and the row ;
But they`ll miss me on the Lachlan when they call the roll this year,
For we`re going on a long job now.
                                               A. B. Paterson 1902

Source: MA
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