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The Boer War Memorial Society of Western Australia Inc. (BWMSWA) is established to promote the preservation of the South African War Memorial in Kings Park and the education of all West Australians about Western Australia’s involvement in, and commitment to, the Boer War of 1899-1902.

The Boer War is the only war in which Western Australia, as a separate entity, was represented by the contingents that were sent overseas to South Africa. 

The aims of the Society are to:

  • Promote public interest and knowledge of the Anglo Boer War 1899 – 1902.
  • Encourage the pursuit of study and research in military history, customs and traditions, dress, arms and equipment and matters relating to the period.
  • Promote the preservation of historical military objects with particular reference to the armed forces from Australia of the period.
  • Forge links with other National or State based likeminded societies and associations. 
  • Emphasise the importance and significance of the role played by fellow Western Australians in and during the Anglo Boer War. 
  • Achieve a level of access to the Western Australian Education Department for the purpose of reaching the Youth of Western Australia in relation to these stated objectives.

The Society also seeks to remember the service of those who fought and died in the war by holding a commemoration service at the memorial each year in late May, early June.

The Committee

The Committee of the BWMSWA consists of the following dedicated volunteers, many of whom are direct descendants of Boer War veterans:

President/Treasurer – Mr Brendan Cook FIPA, FTI

Vice President/Historian – Mr John R. Sweetman

Secretary – Robert Smith

General Committee:
Moira Wilson (Musical Director)
Kevin Bovill (School Liaison)
David Thomas

Patricia Woodman

The Committee wishes to acknowledge the service of founding Member and former Secretary, Mr Kevin Bovill and to thank him for his tireless efforts in establishing the Society.