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The Boer War: Australians and the War in South Africa, 1899–1902


Queensland

QUEENSLAND – FINE ARTS COPYRIGHT FILES, 1892–1906
Canberra
Copyright certificates sought by Queensland photographers and, in many cases, copies of the work itself. Photographs of soldiers training and departing for the war, enormously popular at the start of the war, are included.
Series: A1715
Quantity: 0.37 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Government Patents Office (CA 1246)
Copyright certificate Alfred Henry Elliott –''View of the camp' (2 photos), 1899 A1715, 76
Copyright certificate William Thomas Farrell. Photo of group of men and officers constituting 2nd Contingent for South Africa, 1899 A1715, 81
UNREGISTERED NOMINAL ROLLS, PAY LISTS AND ASSOCIATED ACCOUNTING CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO THE QUEENSLAND CONTINGENTS DESPATCHED TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN (BOER) WAR, 1899–1902
Canberra
Pay arrangements for Queensland contingents, most material relating to the 5th and 6th Imperial Bushmen. Two files contain claims by officers who lost equipment in the defeat at Onverwacht in January 1902.
Series: A6588
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: 1899–1901: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422); 1901–02: Queensland South Africa Contingents Pay Office (CA 4423)
Unregistered Nominal Rolls, Pay Lists and associated accounting correspondence relating to the Queensland Contingents despatched to the South African (Boer) War, 1899–1902 A6588, whole series
CAMP AND ORDINARY PAY SHEETS FOR QUEENSLAND CONTINGENTS DESPATCHED TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN (BOER) WAR, 1899–1901
Canberra
These pay sheets were kept by four Queensland contingents in training at Lytton before leaving for South Africa. They record name, rank and regimental number as well as amounts paid, and include printed instructions on pay procedures.
Series: A6590
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Defence Force (CA 4424)
Preliminary camp pay sheet of exhibition camp held 1899–1900 A6590, NN
CLAIMS FOR PAYMENT VOUCHERS OF THE SOUTH AFRICA CONTINGENTS OF THE QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE, 1900–01
Canberra
These files record expenditure on and by units, sometimes in the field.
Series: A6591
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Defence Force (CA 4424)
First South Africa contingent voucher 8197, 1900
Concerns a refund of a £10 advance paid to a private soldier invalided home from South Africa.
A6591, 1/8197
SERVICE ROLLS OF QUEENSLAND CONTINGENTS DESPATCHED TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN (BOER) WAR, 1901
Canberra
Lists of reinforcements for the 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen, giving name, rank, date of birth, height and chest measurements, marital status, former military service and enlistment date.
Series: A6615
Quantity: 0.01 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Service roll of the 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen [dispatched on the Britannic], 1901
Reinforcements despatched on the Britannic enlisted in August 1901.
A6615, 1
Service roll of the 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen [dispatched on the Harlech Castle], 1901
The Harlech Castle reinforcements enlisted in September 1901.
A6615, 2
COPIES OF CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN PREMIERS CONCERNING RATES OF PAY, 1900
Melbourne
Copies of correspondence between Australian colonial governments on whether they should top up the pay being offered by the imperial government to members of the Imperial Bushmen contingents. Microfilm copies of this series are available in all Archives offices.
Series: B5160
Quantity: 0.01 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Copies of correspondence between State premiers concerning rates of pay for fourth contingent to the Boer War, 1900 B5160, whole series
PAYLISTS AND PAY INSTRUCTION ROLLS FOR THE QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE MEMBERS WHO SERVED IN THE BOER WAR, 1901–02
Melbourne
Six folders of pay rolls and receipts for members of Queensland draft contingents, indicating name, rank, regimental number, unit, payee and pay rate. Microfilm copies of this series are available in all Archives offices.
Series: B5161
Quantity: 0.05 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Fifth Queensland contingent for service in South Africa. Pay lists 1901 B5161, 1
Original instruction roll of officers and NCOs of the Sixth Imperial Bushmen, 1901 B5161, 6
VOLUMES OF SUPPLEMENTS TO THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT GAZETTE RELATING TO CONTINGENTS FOR SOUTH AFRICA, 1900–03
Melbourne
Two volumes recording general military orders governing all Queensland soldiers, whether training part-time at home or embarking for or returning from active service abroad, during July–December 1900 and January–June 1902. Microfilm copies of this series are available in all Archives offices.
Series: B5171
Quantity: 0.04 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Queensland Land forces general orders 260–660, July–December 1900 B5171, 1
Military forces of the Commonwealth, Queensland District orders 1–345, January–June 1902 B5171, 2
NOMINAL ROLLS OF THE QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE FOR SERVICE IN SOUTH AFRICA, 1900–03
Melbourne
Printed lists of men enrolled for service in the six Queensland contingents, giving name, regimental number, rank, address and next of kin. Microfilm copies of this series are available in all Archives offices. Organised as two items:
Series: B5172
Quantity: 0.01 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Copies of nominal rolls of Queensland contingents to South African war, 1901 B5172, folder 1
Copies of nominal rolls of Queensland contingents to South African war, 1901 B5172, folder 2
REGISTER OF MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS FOR THE 1ST CONTINGENT QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE, 1899
Melbourne
A volume recording medical examinations of recruits and giving name, number, address, physical description, and whether accepted or rejected. Microfilm copies of this series are available in all Archives offices.
Series: B5174
Quantity: 0.02 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Register of medical examinations for First Queensland (Mounted Infantry) Contingent for South Africa (Boer War), 1899 B5174, whole series
RETURNS OF QUEENSLAND CONTINGENTS WHICH HAVE PROCEEDED TO SOUTH AFRICA, 1899–1902
Melbourne
A list of Queensland contingent soldiers killed or died giving date, place and cause of death as well as regimental number, marital status and next of kin, and a list of dates of departure of contingents and their ships. Microfilm copies of this series are available in all Archives offices.
Series: B5175
Quantity: 0.01 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Return of Queensland contingents which have proceeded to the Boer War, 1899–1902 B5175, whole series
AGREEMENT FOR TRANSPORT OF QUEENSLAND CONTINGENT TO SOUTH AFRICA, 1899
Melbourne
A detailed document recording the agreement between the Queensland Government and two shipping companies to convey members of the first contingent to Cape Town. Microfilm copies of this series are available in all Archives offices.
Series: B5176
Quantity: 0.01 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Agreement for transport of First Queensland (Mounted Infantry) Contingent to the Boer War, 1899 B5176, whole series
PAY SHEETS OF THE 5TH AND 6TH CONTINGENTS FROM THE QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE WHO SERVED IN THE BOER WAR, 1901–02
Melbourne
Fifteen volumes of paysheets recording payments to members of Queensland's fifth and sixth contingents from September 1901 to May 1902, giving name, regimental number, rank, and payable details. Microfilm copies of this series are available in all Archives offices.
Series: B5180
Quantity: 0.01 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Pay sheets of the Fifth and Sixth Queensland (Imperial Bushmen) Contingents, 1901–02 B5180, whole series
SERVICE ROLLS OF CONTINGENTS OF THE QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE WHO SERVED IN THE BOER WAR, 1899–1901
Melbourne
Seven volumes recording names of men enlisting for service in Queensland contingents and pledging an oath to serve the Queen under military discipline. Records name, rank, age, height, marital status, date of commencement of service, previous military service, signature of witness and remarks, including any early discharges. Microfilm copies of this series are available in all Archives offices.
Series: B5199
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
2nd Contingent – Service Rolls, 1900 B5199, volume 3
SAW 4th Queensland Contingent Service Roll, 1900 B5199, volume 5
SAW 6th Queensland Contingent – Imperial Bushmen – Service Roll, 1901 B5199, volume 7
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1901–03
Melbourne
General correspondence on Queensland contingents to the war, largely relating to the draft contingents and not confined to pay matters. Some of the 583 files concern payment of personnel and medical and disciplinary factors affecting their pay; others concern medals or officers' reports from South Africa.
Series: MP744/1
Quantity: 1.44 metres
Recorded by: Queensland South Africa Contingents Pay Office (CA 4423)
Thomas Cumner – Request for late soldier's final payment by Susanna Cumner, 1901 MP744/1, 1515/C
Macleod DJR – enquiry by mother re insurance on deceased son, 1902 MP744/1, 2600/MC
Tannock EJ – enquiry by wife about possibility of payment as she is in distress, 1902 MP744/1, 3670/DF
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE OF THE HEADQUARTERS BRIGADE OFFICE, QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE, 1900–01
Melbourne
These 417 files contain routine correspondence on Queensland contingents to the war, primarily the draft contingents. Most concern medical, pay and discharge matters for individual soldiers.
Series: MP744/3
Quantity: 0.72 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Nominal roll of Fifth Queensland (Imperial Bushmen) Contingent for Service in South Africa, 1901 MP744/3, 1901/6949
REGISTERED PAPERS OF THE OFFICE OF THE PAYMASTER AND ACCOUNTANT, QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE, 1900–01
Melbourne
The register which controls this series is located in MP744/10 (see below). Some examples of the files within this series include:
Series: MP744/5
Quantity: 0.06 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Shaw W – enquiry as to whether he has been discharged, 1901 MP744/5, B29/2019
Casualty return for the Fourth Queensland (Imperial Bushmen) Contingent listing appointments, promotions, etc, 1900 MP744/5, B32/934
Request from Station Paymaster, Capetown, that monies be recovered from Privates McRae and Stibbards, 1901 MP744/5, B32/2017
LETTER BOOKS OF THE SOUTH AFRICA CONTINGENTS PAY OFFICE, QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE, 1901–03
Melbourne
These four letter books containing copies of correspondence on soldiers' pay are fragile and difficult to read. The details presented cast light on individual fortunes in South Africa and the State's reluctance to pay any more than was indisputably needed.
Series: MP744/8
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: Queensland South Africa Contingents Pay Office (CA 4423)
Correspondence (letter book copies) of the South Africa Contingents Pay Office, Queensland Defence Force, 1901 MP744/8, volume 1
Correspondence (letter book copies) of the South Africa Contingents Pay Office, Queensland Defence Force, 1901–02 MP744/8, volume 2
Correspondence (letter book copies) of the South Africa Contingents Pay Office, Queensland Defence Force, 1902 MP744/8, volume 3
Correspondence (letter book copies) of the South Africa Contingents Pay Office, Queensland Defence Force, 1902–03 MP744/8, volume 4
LETTER BOOK COPIES OF STATEMENTS OF ACCOUNT, QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE, 1899–1900
Melbourne
These letter book copies of statements of pay of Queensland soldiers are fragile and difficult to read.
Series: MP744/9
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Register of papers of the Office of the Paymaster and Accountant, Queensland Defence Force relating to contingents to the Boer War, 1901 MP744/10, whole series
REGISTER OF PAPERS OF THE OFFICE OF THE PAYMASTER AND ACCOUNTANT, QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE, 1901
Melbourne
A volume controlling series MP744/5, summarising and recording receipt of inward correspondence from July to October 1901. An entry on page 77, for example, records that Lieutenant Wright asked for authority for his wife to draw twelve shillings and sixpence from his pay.
Series: MP744/10
Quantity: 0.09 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Register of papers of the Office of the Paymaster and Accountant, Queensland Defence Force relating to contingents to the Boer War, 1901 MP744/10, whole series
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1899–1907
Melbourne

This correspondence relates to arrangements for the Queensland contingents to serve in South Africa. Most of these 500 files concern medical and insurance matters and procedures for raising, despatching, returning and repatriating members of Queensland's third and fourth bushmen contingents.

This is probably the best series for routine administration of the contingents; nominal rolls exist for Queensland's first, fourth and fifth contingents. There is some policy discussion.

Series: MP744/11
Quantity: 1.8 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Telegram from Police Magistrate Burketown enquiring if half-castes are acceptable as recruits for Imperial Bushmen's Contingent, 1900
'Will you accept half castes' asks Burketown's acting police magistrate, 'one is offering and is a good man, he is by a white man and aboriginal mother and has received schooling'.
MP744/11, 1900/2878
Request for decision on number of men for Fourth Queensland (Imperial Bushmen) Contingent, 1899–1907 MP744/11, 1900/3275
Telegram from Secretary of State for War regarding destination of Imperial Bushmen's Contingent, 1900
Order to send bushmen not to South Africa but to Biera in Portuguese East Africa, from where they will travel to join in the defence of Rhodesia.
MP744/11, 1900/4065
Request that strong barricade be erected at Pinkemba to keep back crowd on departure of Third Queensland (Mounted Infantry) Contingent, 1900 MP744/11, 1900/2410
Recommendation that cargo of compressed lucerne of Duke of Portland be landed as being dangerous, 1900 MP744/11, 1900/2420
Reports of Committee of Inspection appointed to report upon the arrangements for the accommodation of troops and horses on the Duke of Portland, 1900 MP744/11, 1900/3020
AMP Society agrees to insure members of Third Queensland (Mounted Infantry) Contingent, 1899–1907
Includes note comparing the prices quoted by several insurance firms.
MP744/11, 1900/2047
Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Pty Ltd declines to insure members of the Third Queensland (Mounted Infantry) Contingent, 1899–1907
Contains company advice that 'this Society does not see its way to enter into any negotiations for the insurance of the contingent on the ground that it is impossible to assess the risk either collectively or individually'.
MP744/11, 1900/2091
INDEX TO CORRESPONDENCE 1900–01 AND REGISTER OF SHIPS' DEPARTURES FROM CAPE TOWN, 1901–02
Melbourne
This single-volume index briefly records correspondence received and the departure of ships from Cape Town bringing soldiers back to Queensland.
Series: MP744/12
Quantity: 0.09 metres
Recorded by: Queensland South Africa Contingents Pay Office (CA 4423)
Index to correspondence and register of ships' departures from Cape Town, South Africa (Boer War) Contingents Pay Office Queensland, 1901–02 MP744/12, whole series
MISCELLANY OF PAPERS RELATING TO THE PARTICIPATION OF QUEENSLAND DEFENCE FORCE PERSONNEL IN THE BOER WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA, 1900–17
Melbourne
This small, random collection of papers and news cuttings, concerns Queenslanders in the war. Two relevant files:
Series: MP744/41
Quantity: 0.01 metres
Recorded by: Queensland Chief Secretary's Office (CA 4422)
Four pages from the Queenslander of 16 March 1901 giving photographs, names and addresses of the rank and file of the Fifth Queensland (Imperial Bushmen) Contingent being sent to South Africa for the Boer War MP744/41, 9

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Raising and Supporting the Contingents