Images From A Forgotten War

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13 Cato Street,  Hawthorn East 3123,  Victoria,  Australia






A.B.N.13 081 928 921

Media Release




June, 2009


Australian soldiers who fought in the Boer War have been largely forgotten, their exploits overshadowed by

the Great War of 1914-18.  Forgotten also is a remarkable annotated photograph album that was discovered

by chance in Bendigo, arguably unseen since the soldier who took the images sent them home to his family

over 100 years ago.

More than 600 Australian soldiers died in this war, the last time members of the far-flung colonies served

Queen and country without their own national flag.   


The album includes 213 photographs featuring Australian, NZ, British and Boer troops.  It also features

scenes of everyday life in many parts of South Africa and fascinating moments such as the visit of the Duke

and Duchess of York.  It covers the period 1900-02.

Captions that accompany the photographs also help the viewer to understand what life was like for the

troops and the people of South Africa.  It was the war of Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant, but also of six Australians

whose exploits earned them the Victoria Cross.  

Lot 201 will be offered for sale by Leski Auctions in Melbourne on Monday, June 29th at 5.00pm.  It has a

presale estimate of $5,000 – $10,000.

“This is one of the best albums of the Boer War that we have ever seen,” says Charles Leski.  “It is a

painstaking compilation with explanatory captions that gives us a unique insight into life in a very distant part

of the British Empire.”

About Leski Auctions

Leski Auctions was established in 1973 and is one of Australia’s leading auctioneers of Sporting Memorabilia,

Australiana, Collectibles and World Philately. 

Leski Auctions is a recognised leader in the area of early photography, art, wine, cameras, books, autographs,

entertainment memorabilia, medals, coins, stamps, aerophilately, cigarette and trade cards, maps, railway

memorabilia, advertising artwork and posters, and the Olympics, football and cricket..

It was the first auction house in Australia to introduce an on-line, real-time bidding system ‘Live Bid Online’™,

which allows participation from anywhere in the world.  It currently runs 22 auctions per year.


Leski Auctions has previously sold many significant collections, including those of Shirley Strickland, Ron Clarke,

Sir Reginald Ansett and former RSL President, Bruce Ruxton.  It has sold more ‘baggy green’ caps than any other

auction house in the world, and is one of the largest auctioneers of cricket memorabilia by value and volume. 

Leski Auctions recently sold the newly-discovered Phar Lap horse tonic recipe book.  It recently achieved a world

record price for a Bradman bat.

Managing Director Charles Leski is a registered valuer for the Cultural Gifts Program through the Department of

Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.  He is also the valuer of the displayed items at the National Sports

Museum at the MCG, Melbourne.

The company is located at 13 Cato Street, Hawthorn East 3123 Australia.  Telephone +61-3-864 9999 and

Issued by:

Charles Leski, Leski Auctions  

Michael Krape, Michael Krape Consulting  

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13 Cato Street,  Hawthorn East 3123,  Victoria,  Australia







A.B.N.13 081 928 921

Tel: 61-3-9864 9999

Tel:  0403 135 880

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