The National Archives holds records relating to every conflict Australia was involved in from 1899 to 1975.
Boer War: 1899 to 1902
Between 1899 and 1902 more than 10,000 Australian soldiers sailed for South Africa. They supported British troops in the war against two Boer states:
- the South African Republic (Republic of Transvaal)
- the Orange Free State
Colonial governments sent the first Australian contingents to the Boer War.
In 1902 the newly formed Commonwealth government sent an extra 8 battalions of the Australian Commonwealth Horse.
Records held by the National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial document the recruiting, training and transport of these forces.
Records are in the form of:
- nominal rolls
- pay sheets
- thousands of policy and administrative files
In 1999 the National Archives published The Boer War: Australians and the War in South Africa, 1899–1902.
This 94-page guide describes both colonial and Commonwealth records on the Boer War held by us and the Australian War Memorial.
The guide is a valuable resource for researching this war.
For information about records of service for those who served in the Boer War, see Army – Boer War: 1899–1902.