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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.
We just love what our friends at We Love Aintree are helping to organise! If you haven't heard, pot luck dinners will be coming soon for local Aintree residents, offering the chance to connect with fellow neighbours and make new friends in the community. Click on the link below link for more info and how to get involved.
Fast track your dream lifestyle in our brand new 'Closer Land Release' with 5% deposit and priced from $233,300! Live closer to Caroline Springs with the brand new Taylors Road all ready before you can start building, plus enjoy amenity on your doorstep with Woodlea's Town Centre complete next year! For more release info, click here: http://bit.ly/woodleacloser
Wishing all our Amazing Mums a Happy Mothers Day from the team at Woodlea! We hope you spoil your mum today and make her feel as special as she deserves ????
With Mother's Day fast approaching, we've pulled together some top tips for you to spoil your mum this Sunday, no matter how big or small your budget! Click below to read more and get inspired by some great ideas
You won't believe the standard inclusions in our latest townhouse release by award winning builder, Porter Davis! Parkfront Retreat townhouses have just launched at Woodlea and feature 2,700mm high ceilings, timber flooring, stone benchtops to kitchen & bathroom, free standing bath & contemporary blinds all from just $433,000 with 5% deposit! Be quick to find out more - these won't stay on the market for long. http://bit.ly/parkfrontretreat
How lucky are we here at Woodlea to have a Rugby oval, AFL field, Soccer pitch, Cricket nets, Tennis courts & Basketball court (just to name a few) built - & all in our own backyards! Be sure to take the kids out for kick/play this weekend
The little ones in Woodlea have a new home away from home with the Woodlea Early Education centre now open. Offering 104 daily positions for children aged from six weeks to 5 years old, the childcare centre is a family-run business with experienced and passionate educators.
APRIL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE! 2019 is flying by & so is the progress around Woodlea! With 530 homes now under construction, the community is thriving with over 3,300 residents. Now home to five parks, Go West Cafe, GP, pharmacy, private school and two child care centres just to name a few - Aintree is really starting to become it's own.