Belmore Park War Memorials

Belmore Park, in the centre of Goulburn, has not one but three War Memorials none of which relate to the most commemorated war of all, World War I. The most impressive of the memorials here is the one commemorating those who served and died in the Second Boer War. The others are an Honour Roll, honouring those who served in World War II and subsequent wars up to and including Vietnam, and a National Servicemen’s Memorial remembering all the National Servicemen from Australia who served between 1951 and 1972. Continue reading “Belmore Park War Memorials”

Not Really a Boer War Memorial

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While classified as a Boer War Memorial by the tourist authorities this is not actually a memorial. Rather it is a plaque on the wharf adjacent to the Port Adelaide Lighthouse, maarking the point from which the first contingent of South Australian Infantry boarded the PS Yatala, for subsequent transfer to the troopship Medic, as they set out for South Africa on 31 October 1899. The plaque was placed here in 1999 to commemorate the commencement of the Boer War one hundred years earlier in 1899. Continue reading “Not Really a Boer War Memorial”

Boer War Memorial

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The Second Boer War (1899–1902), which ended with the Treaty of Vereeniging and the conversion of the Boer republics into British colonies, involved large numbers of troops from many British possessions right across the world. This was the last great war restricted to Empire participants and ironically Australia’s first war as a nation, following Federation in 1901. Australians made up five per cent of all Commonwealth forces serving in South Africa during the war. This was a major contribution given the size of its population. Continue reading “Boer War Memorial”