- Spelling of names was not as consistent as it is today, so be sure to check alternatives—e.g. Thompson and Thomson.
- Names may have been incorrectly indexed as the handwriting is sometimes difficult to read or the ink has faded.
- The capital letters L, T, F and S are often confused as lower-case letters n, m, u and w. This means that Taylor may indexed as Laylor or Brum may be indexed as Bruin.
- The use of double ‘s’ (ss) often looks like fs, so Ross will be indexed as Ross but may appear in the record as Rofs.
- Names may have been written in the record phonetically as the clerks wrote the names as they heard them. Think about how it could be spelt as it was heard.
- Some given names are abbreviated as they appear in the original record
- Some records are restricted for several years.
- Some records have not survived.
- A blank cell indicates that there is no information recorded in the original.
We hold archival information about the Boer War.
Finding Boer War records
Research guides give information about the types of records you might find on different topics, and relevant series of records that may help get you started.
- Guide to records of the six Queensland Defence Force contingents who fought in the Boer War from 1899 to 1902 in South Africa.
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If you know the name and location of the person you are looking for, you can view our war records by searching the indexes below.
South African (Boer) War Paybooks 1899-1902
Military records including rank and name, regimental number, company, marital status, period of service, casualties, discharge, medals and address
South African (Boer) War - Service Records 1899-1902
Names of all ranks from Queensland who served in the South African (Boer) War
- South African (Boer) War Paybooks 1899-1902
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