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South Africa (The Boer War) 1899 - 1902

The New Zealand Perspective

For other contingents, Great Britain, Australia and Canada refer to those countries listings on the net.

Listings here only refer to New Zealand contingent.

Emma on Dart representing the 3rd Contingent 1900

New Zealand and the South African War

The South African War (or Second Anglo-Boer War) was the first overseas conflict to involve New Zealand troops. Fought between the British Empire and the Boer South African Republic (Transvaal) and its Orange Free State ally, it was the culmination of long-standing tensions in southern Africa.

Eager to display New Zealand's commitment to the British Empire, Premier Richard Seddon offered to send troops two weeks before conflict broke out. Hundreds of men applied to serve, and by the time war began in October 1899, the First Contingent was already preparing to depart for South Africa. Within a few months they would be fighting the Boers.

By the time peace was concluded 2½ years later, 10 contingents of volunteers totaling over 6500 men (plus 8000 horses) had sailed for Africa, along with doctors, nurses, veterinary surgeons and a small number of schoolteachers. Seventy-one New Zealanders were killed in action or died of wounds, with another 159 dying in accidents or as result of disease.

The South African War set the pattern for New Zealand’s later involvement in two world wars. Specially raised units, consisting mainly of volunteers, were dispatched overseas to serve alongside forces from elsewhere in the British Empire. The success enjoyed by these troops fostered the idea that New Zealanders were naturally good soldiers who needed little training to perform well.

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Waist Belt, Pattern 1882, Valise Equipment, with Snake Buckle.

Brown or Tan


Pouch, Ammunition, 40 rounds Pattern 1882

Brown or Tan


Braces, Left & Right (Pair) Pattern 1882

Brown or Tan


Shoulder set plus Rifle Sling

Bayonet Frog, GS, Pattern 1899 

Brown or Tan


Haversack, MkV General Service Pattern 1883


Rifle Sling Pattern 1871

Brown or Tan


Water Bottle, Iron Pattern 1895

Covered Khaki Serge with strap. (Reproduction)

Strap stained, Black,Brown, Natural Buff (un-stained) Whitened Buff


See further description in the "Volunteers Gallery" of the reproduction water Bottle.


Members of the New Zealand mounted Rifles, contingent unknown