There is a wide boulevard in Canberra that runs from the war memorial in a direct line towards parliament house, just stopping short at Lake Burley-Griffin. It is called ANZAC Parade, and it contains memorials dedicated to the Australians and others, who participated or gave their lives in the conflicts Australia has participated in. Memorials include:
- Australian Hellenic Memorial,
- Australian Army National Memorial,
- Australian National Korean War Memorial,
- Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial,
- Desert Mounted Corps Memorial,
- New Zealand Memorial,
- Rats of Tobruk Memorial,
- Royal Australian Air Force Memorial,
- Australian Service Nurses National Memorial,
- Royal Australian Navy Memorial,
- Kemal Ataturk Memorial.
There is however no memorial dedicated to the Boer War. It was was the proving ground for the skill and courage of Australia’s light horse. A site has been approved, and a design competition is being run while funds are raised to construct the memorial. Further information can be found on the Boer War Memorial website. There are also a number of useful links from the site for those researching the Boer War.
Below is an artist’s impression of the Boer War memorial proposed. The artist is Louis Laumenis. As stated on the Boer War Memorial Website: ‘Louis Laumenís statuary pays tribute to both the men and the horses that suffered the privations of war: burning sun and frosty cold, rain and sticking mud, hard dry wind and dust, the roughness of the veldt, barely survival rations, suspect water, lice. Both soldiers and their horses susceptible to fatal diseases and accidents as well as the occupational hazard of all soldiers, disfiguring wounds and agonising death’.
Photo looking down ANZAC Parade – source Wikipaedia
Photo Proposed Boer War Memorial for AZAC Parade compliments of National Boer War Memorial Association Inc.