The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
Boer War Day was established in 2010 to generate public interest in Australia's first war.
Boer War Day commemorates the first war in which Australia fought as a nation. In 1899 NSW Lancers were the first to join in this war followed by all of the other colonies and after Federation in 1901 Australian units. The Boer War was also the first war in which Australians fought alongside New Zealanders.
31 May is the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging (PRON: Ver-en-ig-in) that ended the South African War in 1902. Boer War Day itself is held on the Sunday before 31 May to enable working people to attend. Throughout Australia there are many memorials erected during and soon after the Boer War. Boer War Day is marked where there are Boer War memorials or where there are groups of descendants and friends.
The links below take you to details of what happened on past Boer War Days. Should you have details of activities planned in the future, contact the web administrator .