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Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902
In 1899 the Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers in the South African colonies of Transvaal and Orange Free State, declared war on the British forces. They were angry about interference in local affairs by the British, who had maintained a presence in the region for almost a century. It was not the first outbreak of hostilities: from late 1880 to 1881, the Transvaal declared independence from Britain, by whom it had been annexed it in 1877, resulting in a series of actions sometimes knowns as the First Boer War or the First Anglo-Boer War.
When hostilities erupted in 1899, enthusiastic civilians throughout the Australian colonies volunteered for serviceon behalf of Britain, supported by their respective colonial governments. Over 15,000 served in colonial contingents during the Boer War.
The first joint colonial regiment, the Australian Regiment, was formed of companies from Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. The British gradually wore down Boer resistance, and peace was declared on 31 May 1902. The Peace of Vereeniging replaced the British military administration with a civil administration, eventually leading to self-government.
Around 20,000 Australian fought, with about 1,400 casualties (precise numbers are unknown); the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour lists 608 names for the Boer War. Six Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery. The new Federal Government granted money to assist incapacitated Boer War veterans and their dependents.
Museum Victoria's collection includes medals and several firearms from the Boer War. Some (eg. NU 18983) name the 'Transvaal War 1899-1900', a contemporary term for what was to be the longer Boer War 1899-1902.
National Archives of Australia Fact Sheet #67: Boer War records. http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/publications/fact-sheets/fs67.aspx, accessed 14/5/2010.
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1 Pond coinage blank, Issued by Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, South Africa, 1900 Minted by National Bank of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek Pretoria MintImages: 2
Australia Victoria Creswick Edward VII Coronation medal, 1902 (AD) Boer War Peace medal, 1902 Mint: Stokes Proof-like specimen strike, not holed Other Details: The coronation of Edward ...Images: 2
Model of the steamship SS Orient with auxiliary barque rig and four masts. The Orient was built by John Elder & Co., Glasgow in 1879 (5,386 tons). Operated by the Orient Steam Navigatio ...Images: 1
Great Britain Boer War King's South Africa Medal 1901 - 1902 Medal with mount for ribbon and bars: SOUTH AFRICA 1901, SOUTH AFRICA 1902 Edge engraved in block capitals: R.17. PRIVATE. ...Images: 2
Australia New South Wales Sydney Good Luck to the Australian Bushmens Contingent Transvaal War 1900 (AD) Mint: Amor Head of Liberty / Horseman advancing left Other Details: Bushman's Co ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 2
Great Britain Boer War Queen's South Africa Medal 1899 - 1902 Awarded to: 1491 SERJT: O.W. BIRCH. VICTORIAN M.R. QUEEN'S MEDAL, SOUTH AFRICA. BARS FOR CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE ...Images: 2
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Australia Queen's South Africa Medal 1899 - 1902 (Miniature) part of medal group (Miniatures) Boer War and World War I Awarded to Rev. O.W. BirchImages: 0
Great Britain Boer War Queen's South Africa Medal 1899 - 1902 Other Details: Awarded to J.H. Close, S.S. Major, Kitchener's F.S. for service in Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Col ...From: Sydney, Australia Images: 2
Great Britain Boer War Queen's South Africa Medal 1899 - 1902 Other Details: 189006 ORD: C.F.O. FROOD, H.M.S. TERRIBLE "Towards the end of the nineteenth century elements within the ...Images: 2