Dedication of Australia's First National Boer War Memorial in Canberra
Construction and Landscaping work on the first National Boer War Memorial site in Canberra is now well under way, and its official Dedication to the memory of all those affected by the Boer War of 1899-1902 is scheduled for the morning of Boer War Day - Wednesday 31 May.
On behalf of the National Boer War Association I would Like to express our sincere thanks to our many supporters in every State and Territory of Australia who have raised funds or made donations enabling us to complete a Memorial of impressive quality in our National Capital.
The GovernorGeneral, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC [Retd] has agreed to preside over the short Dedication Ceremony on 31 May.
Because of the overwhelming replies to the general invitation to the Dedication Ceremony and because of the limited space available, we are unable to process any applications received after the 7 April and unfortunately cannot guarantee a seat to anyone who applies after 4 April.
Those whose reservations have been accepted will receive their tickets in early May.
Colonel John Haynes OAM (RL)
The 31st May is the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging that ended the South African War in 1902. In 2017, 115 years from the day peace was concluded, the completed Australian National Boer War Memorial will be dedicated in ANZAC Parade Canberra.
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AWM Last Post Ceremony 28 May 2017
The ACT Committee of the National Boer War Memorial Association will participate in the Last Post Ceremony which will commemorate the 115th anniversary of the end of the Boer War on the 28th of May 2017 at the Australian War Memorial. This will remember the life of Lieutenant Stanley Spencer Reid of the Sixth Western Australian Mounted Rifles (6WAMR) who died of wounds sustained at Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa on 23rd June 1901.
The ACT Committee will lay a wreath in memory of all Australians who made the supreme sacrifice and served in the South African War of 1899-1902.
The Last Post ceremony is held 364 days per year in the Commemorative Area of the Memorial. Each ceremony tells the story behind just one of the names on the Roll of Honour.
The format of the ceremony is as follows:
Should you wish to lay a wreath during the ceremony, you may arrange to bring your own wreath or floral tribute; or you are welcome to use one of the Memorial’s ornamental wreaths. Cards will be provided to write your own personal tribute to attach to the wreath – the next day, these cards are collected and then archived in the collection in perpetuity.
If you wish to lay a wreath, please confirm via firstname.lastname@example.org and include the approximate number of attendees if known and then present to the Front Desk in the Orientation Gallery no later than 4:30 on the afternoon of the ceremony. The Floor Supervisor will ensure that you are briefed. If wheelchair access is also required, ramps can be put in place to assist you. Upon arrival, please use the lift entrance that is situated to left of the front steps – this will bring you straight into the Commemorative Area.
Please be aware that the Commemorative Area is open to the elements. It is suggested that the weather report is consulted on the day of your attendance. To ensure your comfort and safety, please dress appropriately for the weather, particularly in winter when Canberra temperatures can drop quickly and bring an umbrella in the event of rain.
Where an image is available, it will be displayed beside the Pool of Reflection. Families and groups often like to take photographs of their group in front of the image and the Pool of Reflection. It would be best if this is done between 4.00pm and 4.30pm. Once the ceremony concludes at 5.15pm, the museum will close and visitors will be asked to exit through the Front Gates.
The ceremony is broadcast live each afternoon at 4:55 via the Memorial’s website. Visitors are also more than welcome to film or photograph the ceremony.
The Medals of Boer War veterans may be worn on the right breast during the ceremonies as well as personal honours and awards on the left.
The annual Adelaide Boer War Day Commemorative Service will be held at 11am on Sunday, 28 May 2017 at the South African Boer War monument on North Terrace in the city. For first timers and visitors, this is the heritage listed monument outside the Government House gates. There will be free car parking on the Torrens Parade Ground. Those attending are asked to be assembled at the monument by 10.50am. Service medals may be worn. The Service lasts for approximately one hour. Seating available for the physically challenged.
Enquiries contact Hon. Secretary on (08) 8632 5574.
The 2017 Brisbane Boer War Day commemoration will be held 10.00am to 11.00am on Sunday 28 May 2017 at Anzac Square, Adelaide Street, Brisbane CBD
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You are invited to attend a service in Clarence Town at the Boer War Memorial at the gates in Queen Street which is entry to the football field on the 28 May at 10:30.
The annual Boer War Day service will be at the Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne at 12.00pm on Sunday 28th May 2017. A commemoration service will commence with a march up to the eternal flame by Boer War Descendants, Distinguished Guests as well as the Creswick Light Horse, Australian Great War Association,The Rats of Tobruk Pipes and Drums, supported by Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. Light refreshments will be provided after the service.
Sydney will conduct its Annual NSW Boer War Commemoration Service on Sunday 28 May 2017 on the northern forecourt of the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park South. The chief guest for the event will be Major General the Honourable Justice Paul Brereton, AM, RFD. It is hoped that as many as possible can attend even if you are going to Canberra for the Dedication on Wednesday 31 May 2017. The service will start at 11.00 AM and attendees are requested to be seated by 10.45 AM.
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