Group photograph on public display at the Red Bridge Cafe in Campbell Town, Tasmania of Returned Boer War Veterans in front of the old brewery in 1901.
I was fascinated by the range of ages from the wizened bearded bushmen down to a very young bugle boy.
(captured with iPhone 4g)
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In 1899 the Tasmanian Colonial Military Forces responded to the request for military assistance in South Africa. The initial request was made for two of the colony’s three Ranger Infantry units.
Colonel Legge, the commandant of the Tasmanian Colonial Military Forces sought to also establish a mounted reconnaissance unit, and toured the colony. He was very impressed by the shooting and riding skills of many of the colonies wealthy young farm boys, and formed a Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen unit from them.
A Tasmanian colonial contingent was sent to the Second Boer War, consisting of the 1st and 2nd Tasmanian Bushmen. These mounted infantry units were primarily made up of volunteers who had good bushcraft, riding and shooting skills.
The first two Victoria Crosses awarded to Australians in that conflict were earned by Private Bisdee and Lieutenant Wylly, both members of the Tasmanian Bushmen, in action near Warm Bad in 1900. (Source: Wikipedia)