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European colonialism was at the heart of his conflict. From early in the nineteenth century the southern tip of Africa had been shared between the British and Dutch settlers and the relationship was an uneasy one. The Afrikaners or Boers, were descendants of the original seventeenth and eighteenth century Dutch settlers. The discovery of gold and diamonds in the Boer republics in the 1880’s further intensified the rivalry, as British subjects traveled into Boer territories in search of wealth. The unease spilt over into the first Boer War was fought between the British and the Boers from 16 December 1880 until 23 March 1881.
The second Boer War broke the uneasy truce since the end of first war hostilities. As loyal subjects of the British Empire, around 16000 Australians volunteered to fight for “the mother country” against the Boers. The onset of the war was pre-Federation, when Australia was still made up of six colonies and each of the colonies sent contingents to support Britain. Partially as a consequence of this, enlistment detail is notoriously inaccurate. In many cases, formal enlistment did not occur until arrival in Africa.
Post-Federation in 1901, an additional three contingents were raised by the new Commonwealth of Australia but most arrived too late or were still at sea when the war ended on 31 May 1902, with a British victory. All Boers became British subjects upon the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging. Ironically, within nine years South Africa became a self-governing dominion led by former Boer generals.
Approximately 600 Australian soldiers died in the Boer War; about half from military action and half from disease.
The Boer War spawned the first military folk-heroes in Australia, including the legend of Private Harry (“Breaker”) Morant which became the subject of books, a stage play and a 1980 film adaptation by Australian Director Bruce Beresford.
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Congratulations to Jagjit & his family who won our Herald Sun / Transurban Run for the Kids 2019 competition!! A fun weekend hitting the slopes at Mt Hotham looked cold - but SO epic. Tell us your favourite Winter escape destination & you never know....it could be next years major giveaway!!
Are you a Masterchef Australia fan?! Did you know that the highly sought after 'immunity pins' are made just around the corner at a jeweller in Melton!! Pop into John McAleer Jewellery Design for the inside scoop on the pins as well as an array of custom jewellery pieces.
Check out the progress of the impressive Rockbank Station Upgrade, expected to be complete in just a month or so! Stay tuned for more updates and what this means for our evolving community. #communtiyinaction
Who remembers our HUGE 'Weekend of Wonderment' back in 2016?! From henna tattoos to a farm animal petting zoo we offered it all. What were some of your most memorable moments from our epic event?
Humans of Woodlea photoblog series launching soon. Read inspiring true stories from real Woodlea residents, just like you. Read more about this exciting series here http://bit.ly/2XIujSx
Together with Free to Feed – a social enterprise showcasing the incredible cooking talents of new migrants – we're hosting a series of cultural feasts & we want you to join us! Learn to cook 10 authentic dishes & then get to feast on all the food with your nearest & dearest. For YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, simply like our post, tag who you would bring along & like our page. Winner will be announced next week.
Did you know that excercise is just as beneficial for your mental fitness as it is your physical fitness? Excercise is known to relieve stress & release happy endorphins which can boost your overall mood AND help you sleep better! Don't let this Winter weather deter you either - We Love Aintree have a full calendar of events (with many of them indoors) & it's also the perfect oppurtunity to get a friend & encourage each other along.