New Boer War Memorial for Anzac Parade Canberra

19-May-2017

More than a thousand visitors will gather in Canberra on 31 May to witness the dedication of a newly completed National Memorial on Anzac Parade, in memory of the Australian men and women involved in the Boer War from 1899 to 1902.

The Boer War was Australia’s very first war, and now, for the first time, there is a National Boer War Memorial facing Anzac Parade, Canberra, taking its place among memorials to all of the other conflicts involving our nation.

Four meticulously sculpted bronze statues -- 150% of life size -- depict Australian mounted troopers riding the African veldt, whilst copper wall panels show extracts from letters written by one of the 23,000 Australians who served in the Boer War. Descendants of Boer War veterans and well-wishers from every State and Territory of Australia are visiting Canberra for the Dedication of the Memorial.

The Dedication Ceremony is due to be live-streamed on the Internet from 10.30am to about 11.30 am Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday 31 May so anyone who can access live streaming on the Internet can easily tap into the Ceremony as it happens – or replay the Ceremony after the event if that is more convenient.

Details are shown on www.nbwmdedication.com, or at: secretary@bwm.org.au.

Pictured: Designed by Melbourne sculptor, Louis Lauman, the first of the four bronze statues is now in position on Anzac Parade, Canberra.

The Memorial has been achieved after many years of planning and fund raising by a dedicated team of volunteers, headed by Colonel John Haynes OAM, former President of the DFWA NSW Branch.