Tony Stimson: The Boer War
Posted on: Mon 14 May 2018
Why did Australians such as Tony Stimson’s Grandfather volunteer to fight in a war where there was no obvious Australian interest… and why is it sometimes called Australia’s forgotten war? Is that a contradiction? What did the South Australian Contingents who fought there think of South Africa… the people, the landscape, the climate, and the Boer enemy? Tony Stimson gives an enlightening, interesting interview.
Interviewer Helen Meyer
Main Photo State Library of SA SLSA PRG 335/60/25: Men of the 4th South Australian Imperial Bushmen (4SAIB) training in the Old Exhibition Grounds camp on Frome Road, Adelaide. They are in dungarees as their uniforms have not been manufactured. This unit sailed for South Africa on 1 May 1900, 62 days after Premier Holder sent the telegram to London saying that as requested it would raise a fourth contingent to be funded by the Imperial Government. Hence the ‘Imperial’ in the contingent’s title.