ACTION FOR A NATIONAL BOER WAR MEMORIAL (By Lieutenant Colonel David Deasey) On the the Treaty of Vereeniging brought to an end the South African War 1899-1902, commonly referred to as the Boer War.
During the course of this war approximately 23,000 Australians served in South Africa of whom nearly 1,000 were killed.
It was the first war that Australia was involved in as a nation as the new national government inherited the conflict as part of its responsibilities and chose to continue active support for the war by raising eight new national regiments for service.
This war thus represents the first active foreign involvement for Australia.
The secondary mission is to raise awareness of the historical importance of the war, to locate and document memorials to the war (at least ten previously unknown examples have been located so far in NSW), to identify descendants of the South African war veterans and to encourage them to publicly document their ancestors histories.
To commemorate the war, services will be held annually beginning this year in all capital cities and many other locations.
A National Design competition was launched at the Royal Military College, Duntroon by Lieutenant General David Hurley, AC, DSC, Vice Chief of the Defence Force on 7th April 2010.
The prime mission of all the state committees is to publicise the memorial and raise funds for its construction.
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