Friday 18th of October 2002 08:31 AM 
Links: South African War Sites

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Album of Mementoes collected during the Boer War
An album of mementoes collected during the Boer War by a prisoner of war.

American Horses
An interesting article on the American contribution of horses to the British army during the Anglo-Boer War.

Anglo-Boer War Study Group of Australia
The Anglo-Boer War Study Group of Australia meets quarterly to share information and memorabilia about the war.
The Study Group publishes a quarterly journal 'The Kopje' which includes articles about the war by members or from other sources.

Anglo-Boer War Bibliographic Database
The most extensive Boer War bibliographic database in the world. Exhaustive and detailed list of works on the War in all languages. Based at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.

Anglo-Boer War Philatelic Society
The Society leads the study of the Postal History and Usages of the 2nd Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Much material exists which has not yet been fully researched.
Many members also collect memorabilia of the War, which were very popular at the time; including silver, china, prisoners' artefacts, books, postcards, ephemera etc.
The Society holds regular meetings in London and Leamington, produces a quarterly journal and has published a number of handbooks on various aspects of the philately of the War. The extensive Society library is available to members.

Anglo-Boer War Memorials Project
The Anglo-Boer War Memorials Project was begun in March 1988 by its present co-ordinators, Meurig Jones and Tony McCabe. The Project has three main aims, to:

  • Record, catalogue and photograph all Anglo-Boer War memorials in the world;
  • Build a list of all those named on the memorials;
  • Encourage the preservation and study of Anglo-Boer War memorials.
Please support this project. Send them information on your local Boer War memorial.

Anglo Boer War Plezier Mauser Rifle
The beautiful and rare Plezier Mauser with it's characteristic octagonal barrel and elegant stock of selected European walnut, was a sporting version of the 7 x 57mm calibre military Mauser used by the Boer commandos. The Plezier Mauser was, however, also used by some of the burghers during the War, as both the Free State and Transvaal Republics had ordered small quantities of the rifle for sale to the burghers. A considerable number of Plezier Mausers were also purchased privately by burghers through arms agencies. Both Republics presented the Plezier Mauser to deserving officers and officials as a token of appreciation for exceptional service. The Free State President, M.T. Steyn, also owned a Plezier Mauser.
A Numbered Commemorative Series of 140 of the 7x57 mm calibre Plezier Mauser Rifle used during the Anglo-Boer War, on offer by Prima Seleksies

Australian War Memorial Boer War Nominal Roll Database
This roll provides details of those persons who served with Australian units in the South African War. The information it contains is derived from the Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa, compiled and edited for the Department of Defence by Lieutenant-Colonel P. L. Murray RAA (Ret.), Government Printer Melbourne, 1911.
A database using Murray as the source was compiled and edited by Dr Robin McLachlan (Senior Lecturer in History at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst NSW) while an Australian War Memorial Research Centre Fellow from 1986 to 1988. McLachlan’s database has been enhanced by staff of the Memorial’s Research Centre with the addition of fields for rank, full first name, regimental number, fate (for those who died), and notes from Murray and others.

Australian War Graves in South Africa - 1899-1902
This project, by the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra, aims to publish the database of burial and memorial locations of Australians who died during the second South African Anglo-Boer War of 1899 - 1902. Also included are biographies, researched by the Society, of selected soldiers from each of the Australian States.

Blockhouses of the Boer War
A brief exploration of the blockhouse system instituted by Kitchener in the latter part of the war. Includes images.

The Boer War Diary of Alfred Louis Collett - 1899 - 1901
"A Diary by Private Collett 2nd Middlesex Regiment, South Africa 2nd December 1899. An ordinary man's diaries of two years as a mounted infantryman in the second Boer war, 1899-1901".
A fantastic must-see website. Gordon Collett has created a visually impressive site centered around his Great-Grandfather's diary of the War Especially interesting is an account of the Battle of Spion Kop.

Boer War
A general overview of the war with generous helpings of contemporaneous literary quotes and links to other Boer War sites.

Boer War: Heritage Resources Website
Good Canadian site constructed by the New Brunswick Community College - Saint John.

Canadian Casualty List
A list of the fatal Canadian casualties from the war.

Diary of a Boer War Veteran
Diary of No. 8080 Private JW Milne, 1st Service Company Volunteers, Gordon Highlanders (1900) during the Boer War. This is a must-read contemporary account of the war.

Siege of Elandsriver
A great page on the the Siege of the Elandsriver Staging Post
(4 - 16 August 1900).

Essendon and the Boer War
An admirable Australian local history resource. This site lists the names on the South African War Memorial in Queen's Park, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia. Also has a short roll of volunteers not listed on the memorial.

Friends of the Boers Discussion List
An e-mail list for the discussion of the South African War centred around the centenary. The list has many international subscribers: historians (amateur and professional) academics, journalists, and a number of people who have been studying the war for quite a few years - A wonderful place to learn a lot about the war...from all perspectives.

Recommended Site
Peter Griffiths' Homepage
If you're seriously interested in the war, then you should visit this page. It has photos of many of the battlefields as they are today, examples of cartoons Peter has drawn of the Natal campaigns and an in-depth look at the career of General Redvers Buller.

Klerksdorp and the Boer War
A one page overview of Klerksdorp and its role in the South African War.

Recommended Site
The Labyrinth of East London Lore
An excellent and scholarly resource documenting East London during the Boer War and more. From one of South Africa's foremost scholars.

Recommended Site
Ladysmith - Mouzel
An excellent site on the Siege and Relief of Ladysmith from Brian Kaighin. Well worth a visit.

League of Researchers of South African Historical Battlefields
A group of like-minded researchers who exchange information and further the study of their field. If you want to find out about the battlefields - as they were and as they are now - begin here.

Light aircraft pilot's guide to the battlefields of Natal.
An invaluable guide to the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal for those wishing to view them from the air.

Long Tom's WarZone
Long Tom's WarZone contains articles, stories and photographs concerning the Second Anglo-Boer War. The objective is to entertain and inform about various aspects concerning the war in a light, easily readable and non-academic style. The material here comes mostly, but not exclusively, from a Boer perspective.

Mafeking Re-Enactment
A site with downloadable movies of a re-enactment of the Battle of Mafeking, probably filmed in West Orange, N.J. just after the war (MPEG [11.8mb] & QuickTime [58mb] formats).

National Monuments Council of South Africa
The National Monuments Council (NMC) is a statutory organisation established under the National Monuments Act (Act 28 of 1969) as the administrative body responsible for the protection of the South Africa's cultural and historical heritage. The Council consists of a Chairperson and a minimum of seven members appointed by the Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. Members serve on the Council for a period of three years, and may be reappointed. Members are drawn from a wide range of skills, interests and disciplines associated with the NMC's work, and can therefore give expert advice. Professional and administrative services for the NMC are provided by a permanent professional and administrative staff under the leadership of a Director. The NMC's Head Office is in Cape Town, and it has Regional Offices in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Grahamstown, Kimberley, Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg.
PLEASE NOTE: there is a link at the bottom of the main page to a databse of Anglo-Boer War memorials, including names on the monuments.

New Zealand's Participation in the South African ('Boer') War 1899-1902
A long overdue site from the New Zealand Government addressing almost all aspects of New Zealand participation in the War. Comprehensive and image-rich.

Penkops of the Boer War
A website dedicated to the young boys who fought with the Boer Commandos against the British Forces who invaded the Transvaal and the Orange Free State during the Anglo-Boer War.

Recommended Site
Perspectives: The South African War - Original and Contemporary Sources
Entry point for another of Lew Orans' wonderful projects: a digitised collection of some of the most famous Souh African War works: Conan-Doyle's, The Great Boer War; Gen. C.R. de Wet's The Three Years War, and others.

Recommended Site
Queenslanders in the South African War, 1899 - 1902: A State Library Commemmoration
The State Library of Queensland's very fine contribution to the history of Queenslanders in the South African War. Has an extensive and searchable list of Queenslanders who went to the War.

Shoalhaven and the Boer War
A list of Shoalhaven (Australia) locals who served in the South African War. Includes details of those killed.

South African Anglo-Boer Wars
2 years in the making, a complete story on the Boer Wars. Most of the information comes from Louis Creswick's 7 volumes. For a minimal cost, visitors may obtain a CD with the complete site included.

Recommended Site
Taffy and David Shearing
Authors of famous and valuable the Cape Comando series.

Veterans' Affairs Canada - the South African War
The Canadian Veterans' Affairs Department's contribution to Canadian involvement in the War.

Who Fought the War?
A wonderfully refreshing page which explores the role and experience of Black peoples during the war. Firmly refutes the 'White man's war' myth.

The following people have kindly allowed, or asked me to post their e-mail and/or postal addresses. They specialise in certain areas of study or live near areas of interest. They welcome correspondence from interested parties.
Please note: these services are not free. You will be charged for research undertaken.

Dennis McCarthy
Dennis is based in Toowoomba, Australia and produces "personalised war histories". He specialises in researching the Boer War, World War I and World War II. General family research is also undertaken.

Reon Snyman
Reon lives in Klerksdorp, an area central to the war. He has offered to field any questions people might have concerning operations, graveyards etc. in Klerksdorp and environs.

Heather Schreiner
Researcher based in KwaZulu/Natal South Africa with access to a variety of regional & national archives as well as living close to many of the important South African War battle sites.
Designs, develops & organises custom tours to suit individual interests as well as providing a search & information gathering service. Provide photgraphs of sites & locations.
Please note that this service is not free.
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