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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.Since that time many more veterans of the South African War or their descendants have migrated to Australia.Whilst the war has been very much overshadowed by subsequent military operations, it deserves to be remembered not only for the sacrifice that Australia made then but also for the following events that had much longer term implications: The National Boer War Memorial Association (NBWMA) has been formed with branches in all states and the ACT as well as a national steering committee.The Patron-in-Chief of the Association is Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC, Governor-General of Australia and the National Patron is Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, AC, AFC, Chief of the Defence Force.The steering committees role is to oversee the development of a national memorial to the South African War in Anzac Parade, Canberra at a cost expected to be between -3 million to be met by public subscription.If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices.
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.The Sydney service this year will be held at the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park on Sunday 30 May at am (i.e.
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.