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Boer War Trooper Leonard W. Matters of the 5th South Australian Imperial Bushman's Contingent on Service in South Africa during the Boer War.
Boer War 1899-1902

There are no Boer War survivors. Old age has achieved what the enemy could not. These men now live on through the stories, letters and diaries uncovered by the Great Search and reproduced here. Read how South Africa had two tough things going for them, the terrain and the flint-hard farmers, known as Boers.


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WAR PHOTOGRAPHY BRINGS THE ACTION TO THE PUBLIC

War photography is a specialised business. Many of the best remembered photographs taken in the 20th Century involved war and the human suffering they caused. Read more on WAR PHOTOGRAPHY BRINGS THE ACTION TO THE PUBLIC
 

THE MEN OF INGLEWOOD FOUGHT IN THE BOER WAR

The Victorian town of Inglewood had a strong community spirit in the late 1890s with mining and agriculture bringing great wealth to the region. With this background, it was hardly surprising that when a call came to develop its own defence system in the form of a militia, there was great support for the plan. Members of the Inglewood Rifle Club were among the first to become members of the Inglewood F Company of the Victorian Rangers but it later expanded to include any skilled male from the district. Read more on THE MEN OF INGLEWOOD FOUGHT IN THE BOER WAR
 

TREACHERY LED TO DEATH OF YOUNG SOLDIER

Private William Abrahams was excited about taking part in the Boer War. He joined the Bega Mounted Rifles with a number of other young men from the district. Read more on TREACHERY LED TO DEATH OF YOUNG SOLDIER
 

CECIL GOT TO FIGHT IN BOER WAR THANKS TO HIS HAT

When the Boer War started in 1899, many young Australians made an instant decision to offer their services as soldiers, but actually getting into the various army units that were to head for South Africa wasn't as easy as you might expect. Read more on CECIL GOT TO FIGHT IN BOER WAR THANKS TO HIS HAT
 

FAMILY CAUGHT UP IN THE BOER WAR

Things were tough in Australia in the 1890s with little work available in the building trade, so Charles Alexander Haslett, faced with a number of debts, decided to leave his home in Sorrento, Victoria, and try his luck in South Africa, where he planned to make a fresh start. Read more on FAMILY CAUGHT UP IN THE BOER WAR
 

TROOPER JONES FIRST AUSTRALIAN TO DIE IN BOER WAR

Trooper Victor Jones of the first Queensland contingent, 2/14 Queensland Mounted Infantry, was the first Australian to die in action in the Boer War when he was killed in an ambush on 1 January 1900. Read more on TROOPER JONES  FIRST AUSTRALIAN TO DIE IN BOER WAR
 

PRIVATE KELLY 'RAN AWAY' TO BOER WAR

Private Jack Kelly, from Tenterfield, NSW, was determined to take part in the Boer War. So keen was he to go that he defied his father's wishes and then "bought himself out" of his Artillery unit because it was not going to the war. Read more on PRIVATE KELLY 'RAN AWAY' TO BOER WAR
 

ONLY ONE BROTHER RETURNED FROM BOER WAR

Two Lilley brothers, William and Dave, joined the 5"' Queensland Imperial Bushmen to fight in the Boer War but only one of them returned. Read more on ONLY ONE BROTHER RETURNED FROM BOER WAR
 

MCVINISH FAMILY MEMBERS SERVED IN ALL CONFLICTS

When two brothers, Colin John and George McVinish, migrated to Australia from Scotland in the late 1800s they had no idea they would be starting a chain of events that would lead to members of their family taking part in virtually every conflict involving Australian troops that followed. Read more on MCVINISH FAMILY MEMBERS SERVED IN ALL CONFLICTS
 

HARDSHIP IS NOT THE NAME FOR PRIVATE POPE AND HIS MATES

Private Walter Pope served with the NSW Mounted Rifles during the Boer War, surviving many battles, but like many of his countrymen he caught dysentery, bronchitis and rheumatic fever before being repatriated. Read more on HARDSHIP IS NOT THE NAME FOR PRIVATE POPE AND HIS MATES
 

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