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


Victoria

SUBJECT BUNDLES OF GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES RELATING TO THE AUSTRALIAN CONTINGENTS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN (BOER) WAR, 1899–1911
Canberra

Nearly 700 subject bundles on the war, mostly thin, separated from the late Victorian (B3756) and early Commonwealth (B168) defence departments' general correspondence. Most concern the raising and administration of early Victorian draft contingents and Australian Commonwealth Horse contingents, the appointment of officers, the return of invalid soldiers from the war, pay, gratuities, compensation and medals to be awarded. There are some officers' reports from the front.

Some nominal rolls and other Victorian material, including:

Series: A6443
Quantity: 3.54 metres
Recorded by: 1899–1901: Victorian Department of Defence (CA 1340); 1901–11: Department of Defence [I] (CA 3)
Correspondence in connection with despatch of 1st Victorian Contingent to South Africa, 1899–1900
This unusually large file detailing the equipment and dispatch of the contingent includes a ship's log of the voyage to South Africa.
A6443, 194
Nominal rolls of 1st and 2nd Victorian Contingents for service in South Africa, 1899–1900 A6443, 258
PRE-FEDERATION AND COMMONWEALTH RECORDS, 1850–1943
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
An artificial series largely consisting of records relating to New South Wales military activities from the 1860s to 1914. Three primary subjects containing around 70 files are relevant. Files with the primary number 3 concern recruiting, training and administration of New South Wales and Australian Commonwealth Horse contingents and largely consist of nominal rolls. Files with the primary number 4 concern those contingents on active service and includes many officers' reports. Files with the primary number 5 concern medals, pensions and gratuities. There is some Victorian material, including:
Series: AWM1
Quantity: 34 metres
Recorded by: 1850–1901: New South Wales Chief Secretary's Office (CA 1272); 1859–83: Victorian Chief Secretary's Office (CA 1329); 1883–1901: Victorian Department of Defence (CA 1340); 1901–21: Department of Defence [I] (CA 6); 1921–39: Department of Defence [II] (CA 19); 1939–42: Australian Military Forces, Headquarters Eastern Command (CA 1876)
Register of salaries and allowances [4th] Imperial Contingent [from Victoria to South Africa] and 5th Victorian Contingent, including nominal rolls of contingents, 1901–02 AWM1, 3/37
RECORDS ARRANGED ACCORDING TO AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL LIBRARY SUBJECT CLASSIFICATION, 1864–1970
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
A large artificial series created from Australian War Memorial records once given library catalogue numbers, including some kept originally by World War I official medical historian A G Butler. A few relevant items, nearly all concerning the administration of Victorian contingents:
Series: AWM27
Quantity: 17.8 metres
Recorded by: 1927–70: Australian War Memorial (CA 616)
Muster Roll of 5th Contingent for service in South Africa and Nominal Roll of 6th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse for service in South Africa, 1901–02 AWM27, 100/1
Maj Gen Sir J Bruche Collection: Victorian Infantry Company NCOs and men selected for service in South Africa, 1899
One of a five-part personal collection, including nominal rolls, of Julius Bruche, an officer with Victoria's first contingent and the 2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse. This part contains a roll of men selected for service with Victoria's first contingent.
AWM27, 100/8 part 1
Maj Gen Sir J Bruche Collection: Embarkation roll of Victorian units and Staff of 2nd Battalion, 1st Commonwealth Contingent, embarked at Melbourne on HMT St Andrew,
This part of the collection contains a pay list of the 2nd Battalion of the Australian Commonwealth Horse.
AWM27, 100/8 part 2
ENROLMENT FORMS OF VICTORIAN CONTINGENTS, 1899–1900
Melbourne
Extracted from the correspondence which now forms series B3756 (see Chapter 1), these forms record oaths pledged by members of the first three Victorian contingents as well as age, marital status and occupation. Microfilm copies of this series are available in all Archives offices.
Series: B5177
Quantity: 0.01 metres
Recorded by: Victorian Department of Defence (CA 1340)
Enrolment forms of Victorian contingents to South Africa (Boer war), 1899–1900 B5177, whole series
NOMINAL ROLLS OF VICTORIAN CONTINGENTS FOR SOUTH AFRICA, 1899–1901
Melbourne
Printed muster rolls giving name, rank, marital status, previous military service, occupation and usual residence for members of Victoria's contingents, including nurses. Microfilm copies of this series are available in all Archives offices. Organised as two items:
Series: B5179
Quantity: 0.01 metres
Recorded by: Victorian Department of Defence (CA 1340)
Muster rolls of Victorian contingents to the Boer War – First, Second (Mounted Rifles), Third (Bushmen's), Fourth (Imperial), nurses – and pensions and allowances granted by Imperial Government for wounds on active service, 1899–1900 B5179, volume A
Muster rolls of Fourth Victorian (Imperial) Contingent and Fifth Victorian (Mounted Rifles) Contingent to the Boer War, 1900–01 B5179, volume B

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Chapter 3
Raising and Supporting the Contingents