This week we are hosting a display of Boer War memorabilia provided by local collector Warren Willis. The display includes medals, photos and a pith helmet. The Boer War was the first war in which the Commonwealth of Australia fought as a nation. A total of 16,000 men, more than 75 nurses and 43,000 horses were sent in formed units and some 7,000 additional Australins served with irregular units of the British Army. Overall 23,000 Australians served in the Boer War.