Summary

Australia
Good luck to the Bushmen's Corps 1900
British Transvaal War, 1899-1900
Mint: not recorded
medal attached by loop through hole to red white and blue ribbon between two gilt bars
Other Details: Bushman's Corps medal, issued at the end of the Boer War. In 1899 the Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers, declared war on the British forces. They were disgruntled with interference in local affairs by the British, who had maintained a presence in the region for over a century. Enthusiastic civilians throughout the Australian colonies volunteered for service, supported by their respective colonial governments. Over 15,000 served in colonial contingents during the Boer War. The first joint colonial regiment, the Australian Regiment, was formed from companies from Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. The British gradually wore down Boer resistance, and peace was declared on 31 May 1902. The Peace of Vereeniging replaced the British military administration with a civil administration, eventually leading to self-government. Australian casualties in the war totalled about 1400, with 518 killed. Six Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery. The new Federal Government granted money to assist incapacitated Boer War veterans and their dependents.

Obverse Description

Veiled bust of Queen Victoria facing left; around, * BRITISH TRANSVAAL WAR 1900

Reverse Description

Bushman drawing horse to rapid stop, rifle slung over shoulder; around, GOOD LUCK TO THE BUSHMENS CORPS, in exergue, 1900

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

In 1899 the Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers, declared war on the British forces. They were disgruntled with interference in local affairs by the British, who had maintained a presence in the region for over a century. Enthusiastic civilians throughout the Australian colonies volunteered for service, supported by their respective colonial governments. Over 15,000 served in colonial contingents during the Boer War. The first joint colonial regiment, the Australian Regiment, was formed from companies from Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. The British gradually wore down Boer resistance, and peace was declared on 31 May 1902. The Peace of Vereeniging replaced the British military administration with a civil administration, eventually leading to self-government. Australian casualties in the war totalled about 1400, with 518 killed. Six Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery. The new Federal Government granted money to assist incapacitated Boer War veterans and their dependents. -National Archives of Australia Fact Sheet #67. http://www.naa.gov.au/publications/fact_sheets/fs67.html. -D. Tout-Smith 5/2/2004.

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