Premier Alan Carpenter and Peel MLA Paul Papalia today launched the Western Australian Boer War Memorial Campaign Fund at Parliament House, with a $30,000 grant to kick-start the fundraising effort.
The Boer War (1899-1902) conflict began before Federation and as such, no National Boer War Memorial was built.
“WA has strong military links to the conflict through Lt Frederick William Bell - the first WA soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during the Boer War,” Mr Carpenter said.
“WA sent six contingents to the Boer War prior to Federation and three contingents following Federation.
“The State Government recognises the bravery and endurance of the Australian troops during this conflict through a $30,000 grant to the memorial fund.”
Peel MLA Paul Papalia said the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association, whose history dates back to the Boer War, was campaigning to help raise funds and support for a national monument.
“A site in Anzac Parade, Canberra, has been allocated by the National Capital Memorials Committee for the funding, design and construction of a Boer War memorial,” Mr Papalia said.
“The Federal Government has stated that there needs to be community support Australia-wide before it will give any financial assistance.
“WA had a significant role to play in this battle and now all Western Australians have the opportunity to contribute to a lasting legacy to honour their commitment and sacrifice.”
It is estimated that about $3million will be needed to complete the memorial by the designated deadline of June 2010.
Donations can be made to the Boer War Memorial WA Committee, Post Office Box 571, Cloverdale, WA 6954 or online at http://www.bwm.org.au
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