The Boer War, or Anglo-Boer War, is also known as the South African War of 1899-1902. In this war, Britain invaded two small republics in southern Africa to incorporate them into its grand Empire. It eventually prevailed, but had to overcome much greater resistance than expected.

This site contains essays and other writings on the Boer War by Robert Eales, author of The Compassionate Englishwoman, a book on Emily Hobhouse. These materials were originally prepared for other purposes, for example, for presentation at history conferences and are reproduced here to make them more widely available.

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Are there lessons we should have learned from a war we have almost forgotten?

 An essay on the origins of the war, its consequences and the relevance for our time.  


The work of Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War

A brief review of the activities of this remarkable and courageous woman.




Canberra Memorial

Morant, the expendable icon

A review of the arguments for and against a posthumous pardon for ?Breaker? Morant, a soldier court-martialled and executed during the war.

The National Boer War Memorial, Canberra

A discussion of the new Boer War  memorial in Canberra


Recent photographs of subjects relevant to the Boer War


A detailed chronology of the Boer War 

Robert Eales

Brief biographical information about the site owner. 

Last site update: 14 July 2018



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