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


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

Published by the National Archives of Australia


Craig Wilcox

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This guide is number 9 in the series of Research Guides published by the National Archives of Australia.

Between 1899 and 1902 more than 10,000 Australian soldiers sailed for South Africa to support British troops engaged in the war against the Boer settlers. The first contingents were raised by the colonial governments and it was not until 1902 that the newly-formed Commonwealth raised the eight battalions of the Australian Commonwealth Horse. This guide to the official government records of Australia's involvement in the Boer War includes both colonial and Commonwealth records held by the National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. These records document the process of recruiting, training and shipping contingents through nominal rolls, pay sheets, reports and thousands of red-tape files.

Guides include the material known to be relevant to their subject area but they are not necessarily a complete or definitive guide to all relevant material in the collection.

The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication all the records described in this guide were present in the Archives collection. However, it is possible that some of the records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value. If this occurs the guide will be revised accordingly.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2000

First published 1999
Reprinted with minor revisions by Linda Macfarlane and Craig Wilcox 2000
First published online 2000
Revised 2001

ISSN 1442-8245
ISBN 0 642 34409 4

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the National Archives of Australia. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the Publications Manager, National Archives of Australia, PO Box 7425, Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610, Australia.

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