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Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in the Boer War (in southern Africa) 1899-1902

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Recognition and numbers
Roles (what the Aboriginal soldiers did)
Some individuals
Aboriginals and War
Recognition and numbers Rossiter (Image: ABC)Aboriginal soldiers who fought in the Boer War 'deserve greater recognition' (
The number of identified Aboriginal soldiers who fought in the Boer War (southern Africa, 1899-1902) now stands at 12.

Claim that 50 Aboriginal trackers were left behind at end of Boer War (
Transcript from ABC Radio's PM program.
See also Aust trackers forgotten in foreign land (

Roles (what they did) Role of Aboriginal trackers in the Boer War: Forum discussion (Victorian Wars Forum)
Aboriginal trackers in the Boer War (Africa), 1899-1902.

Indigenous Histories: Boer War (
Blog entries on the participation of Australian Aboriginals in the Boer War.

Some individuals Private John Brooks ( ABORIGINAL
Boer War Memorial: Private John Brooks (

Private John Brooks had previously been regarded as an Aboriginal soldier who served in the Boer War. However, he was in fact of West Indian origin. See also A question of numbers (

William Stubbings ( Stubbings: Aboriginal Soldier of the Boer War (
William James Stubbings served in South Africa from 1899 to 1902.

Photos Queensland Bushmen (Image: AIATSIS)Rare photo of Indigenous involvement in the Boer War (
Photograph of the 4th Contingent Queensland Imperial Bushmen, August 1901.


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See also

Aboriginals in World War 1
Aboriginals in World War 2
Aboriginals in war: Issues
Aboriginal women and war
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