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Media Release

The Hon Bruce Scott, MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Federal Member for Maranoa




Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott has launched a new Internet site that will provide people all over the world with information on Australians who fought and died in the Boer War.


Mr Scott said the Internet site, titled Australian War Graves in South Africa 1899-1902, is not only a significant commemorative project, but is also an important information resource for all Australians.


“While the Boer War was a major event in the nation’s history, few people are fully aware of Australia’s role and the sacrifices of the many Australians who served in South Africa,” Mr Scott said.


“The development of this Internet site enables people all over the world to learn of the significance of the Boer War in developing Australia’s identity and the sense of pride, spirit of adventure and loyalty that helped to establish the Anzac legend in World War I.”


The Australian War Graves in South Africa 1899-1902 site has been developed by the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra with funding from the Federal Government’s Their Service — Our Heritage commemorative program.


It features a database of Australian casualties during the Boer War, using information obtained from the South African Government by the Office of Australian War Graves.


“The casualty database represents a vast improvement on the original paper list, which is not readily accessible to most people and is difficult to use when searching for information on individual casualties,” Mr Scott said.


The site also includes information, maps and photographs that will assist researchers and the public who may be travelling to South Africa to visit the old battlefields and graves of Australians.


Biographical briefs of selected Australian soldiers are also available.


Located on the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra server, the site has links to related sites including the Office of Australian War Graves and through it the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Australian War Memorial and the National Monuments Council of South Africa.


The Australian War Graves in South Africa 1899-1902 site can be found at:


15 October 1999 

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