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  • Jenelle McCarrick
    Off our Queensland list, if you have any Boer War Veterans in your family, this may interest you - a long time coming. Jenelle. Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 11, 2009
      Off our Queensland list, if you have any Boer War Veterans in your family,
      this may interest you - a long time coming.
      Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 2:08 PM
      Subject: [AUS-QLD] Boer War Memorial

      TO ALL,
      > FYI and please pass on to anyone you may think has links to anyone from
      > that
      > era. Thanks
      > The Boer War of 1899-1902 was the first war in which Australians served
      > and
      > died as part of a national contingent, but Australia has no national Boer
      > War Memorial (BWM) in Canberra. The purpose of this email is to inform
      > you
      > of what is being done to establish one, and to ask your help in achieving
      > it
      > The Australian colonies federated in 1901, during the course of the Boer
      > War
      > Before Federation, Australians served in contingents drawn from each
      > colony (which then became the states in the new nation). At the war’s
      > end,
      > as the site for our national capital was not yet agreed there was no
      > obvious
      > site for a national memorial and each state set up a memorial for its own
      > soldiers. By the time Canberra had been built as the capital, the losses
      > of
      > World War 1 were foremost in the minds of Australians and the Boer War
      > essentially became the ‘forgotten war’.
      > Both the Governor General and the CDF are patrons of the National Boer War
      > Memorial and there are a variety of ways to become involved if you too are
      > interested. If you (or anyone else you know) is a descendant of a Boer
      > War
      > veteran it is very simple to register this on the BWM website (http://www
      > bwm.org.au/), THINK THIS SHOULD READ - http://www.bwm.org.au/ You can
      > also help promote the cause just by discussing it
      > with interested persons – the more people who know about it the better.
      > Even better, you can also make a tax deductible contribution to the BWM
      > fund
      > or sign on as a volunteer to work with your state committee (details on
      > the
      > website).
      > Although there are many competing demands on our time and wallets, this is
      > an important cause – the Boer War was not only the first time Australia
      > went
      > to war as a nation, the nation actually came into existence during it.
      > More
      > Australians served and died in the Boer War of 1899-1902 than in any other
      > conflict except the two World Wars. These are our military ancestors and
      > we
      > owe it to them to ensure they are not forgotten.
      > COL John Haynes (retd)
      > BRIG Iain Spence
      > President
      > CDF Representative
      > National Boer War Memorial Committee
      > National Boer War Memorial Committee
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      > Crimes
      > Act 1914. If you have received this email in error, you are requested to
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      > --
      > Greg Decker
      > Secretary
      > RAR Association (Qld)
      > 0417464251
      > secretary.rarassociationqld@...
      > http://www.rar.org.au
      > 10 JUN 09 8/9 RAR IET PL VISIT RAR NMW 1400
      > 14 JUN 09 Mngt Committee Meeting RAR Office Enoggera 1030
      > 16 JUN 09 DAG Legacy Visit
      > 16 JUN 09 DAG RSL Laidley Visit
      > 17 JUN 09 ASCN COMBO Work Party 0800-1200
      > 21 JUN 09 Advisory Council Meeting RAR NMW 0930 for 1000
      > 28 JUN 09 DAG 2PL A COY 2 RAR
      > "Keeping The Spirit Alive"
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