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Railway wagons, Boer War

Date: 1899-1902
Overall: 82 x 107 mm
Medium: SIlver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert D McKilliam
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0227[087]

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    An image of an open rail wagon/open carriage with men crowded inside with men standing on the platform, including two British soldiers. Handwritten on the back is 'Boer War'.
    SignificanceThis image is a part of the Captain Robert McKilliam collection. Captain McKilliam worked for the Aberdeen White Star Line for 32 years and sailed aboard such famous clipper ships as SALAMIS and THERMOPYLAE. He moved to Sydney in 1913 where he served as Assistant Wharf Master on Darling Island.
    HistoryThe second Boer War began in 1899 after the Boer residents and the British once again escalated in South Africa. The war continued until May 1902 and although Britain claimed victory and the Boers became British subjects, it was an uneasy peace and in nine years South Africa would become self-governing.
    Australia as a British colony, sent approximately 16,000 troops whose mounted divisions became recognised as skilled fighting forces.
    Additional Titles

    Collection title: McKilliam family collection

    Assigned title: Railway wagons, Boer War

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