The Boer War drew men from all states of Australia and the region around Michelago - Queanbeyan - Bungendore - Braidwood - Majors Creek - Araluen was no exception.
The author has traced some 190 men from this region who responded to the call to join with British troops in their war against the Boers in South Africa. While the book considers the factors that led to the war and provides a brief overview of the war, its major focus is on the men. We learn of their war experiences through over 100 letters sent home. We learn of their family backgrounds in the majority of cases.
On 18 June 1902 at a public meeting in Queanbeyan, it was unanimously agreed that a monument would be erected which would bear the names 'of all the men of the district' who participated in the war. All the names were never listed. This book is an attempt to honour all of them, and thus fulfil the wishes of the people who attended that meeting in 1902.
1. Soldiers of the Queen Set Sail
2. The Lead-up to the War
3. An Overview of the War
4. Australian Involvement in the War, with a Focus on New South Wales
5. The Men of the Queanbeyan-Braidwood Region
6. The Official New South Wales Units
Appendix A. Soldiers by Towns
Appendix B. Soldiers by Regiment
Appendix C. Other Possible Soldiers of the Region
Appendix D. 'Soldiers of the Queen'
Appendix E. The Queanbeyan Boer War Memorial
Appendix F. Payments Made for Injury or Death
Appendix G. The Geographical Background to the War