The Australians in the Boer War (Oz-Boer) Database
Project marks the centenary of the participation by
Australia in the Second Anglo-Boer War by making it
easier for genealogists, numismatists, local historians
and other researchers to locate source materials dealing
with individual Australian participants. The project has
- to provide free online searches of the data on
soldiers and nurses who served in Australian (both
Colonial and Commonwealth) units that is contained in
the 'Soldiers of
the Queen' index to the names in Murray (the
official records of the Australian contingents)
compiled by Dr.
- progressively, to expand the database by including
pointers to other hardcopy sources of information on
those individuals plus links to relevant web pages
(and the email addresses of those researching them),
- ultimately, in the process, hopefully to identify
and include entries on more of the thousands of other
Australians who served in the war in non-Australian
units - especially those who died and are buried
unrecognised as Australian.
How it Works
The Oz-Boer Database is interrogated using an online SEARCH facility.
An offline version of the complete OZB database (as at 1
October 2012) is available as part of my free SOTQ
CD which is a 467MB download from Dropbox.
Beginning in late 1998 with just the McLachlan Index
information, the aim is to expand the Oz-Boer Database
significantly by the centenary of the start of the Boer
War in October 1999 and to have the job substantially
completed by the centenary of the finish in May 2002.
See my notes on the sources
already included in varying degrees. Eventually it would
also be nice to incorporate references to the
contemporary individual and group photographs of the
departing Australian contingents.
Note: Unless they also served in
covered by Murray, the database does not at present
include most of the many Australians who enlisted directly
in Imperial units or in Irregular units in South Africa.
Errors, Omissions and Links
In order to capture as much new information as quickly
as possible, data is being input with no more than a
quick 'eyeballing' at that time - no separate
secondary check is being done. This is a
compromise appropriate for what is intended as a search
aid rather than a source document in its own right.
Accordingly, if you find records of interest in the
Oz-Boer Database, it is strongly recommended that you
also consult the sources cited there because they should
correct any transcription errors on my part. Moreover,
the sources will usually also provide significantly more
information on the individuals concerned than will ever
be contained in the database.
Should you find errors in the Oz-Boer Database, please
also report them (and any omissions plus suggestions
concerning other source materials) to me by email as
explained in the Submissions
page - Australians only please I can't
cope with any more! Whether or not some individual
Australians serving in non-Australian units are known to
history may well depend on family historians, medal
reseachers etc reporting their more obscure finds (and
sources) for inclusion in the database.
Also, please let me know the URLs of web pages
(including family history pages) dealing with
individuals listed in the Oz-Boer database so that they
can be included as links. Additionally or alternatively,
the email addresses of those researching those
individuals. I'd also appreciate the URLs of web pages
on Boer War units and War Memorials to link to the Units/Contingents and Memorials pages. The key
priority though is identifying all the Australians who
lost their lives in the war.
The material in the Oz-Boer database and McLachlan
Index remains the property of the authors and may not be
used for any commercial purpose.
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since 8 November 1998.
last changed 30 December 2012