Item 2 - Boer War diary

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Boer War diary


  • 1901-1902 (Creation)

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Xerox copy of diary

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Dr James Harold Patterson (1873-1914), son of W. and Sarah Patterson of Mayfield, Launceston, qualified as a surgeon in Edinburgh U.K. He served as Surgeon Lieutenant (later Captain) with the 5th Victorian Rifles in the Boer War in South Africa in 1901-1902 and was awarded the Queen's medal for bravery. He later settled as a general medical practitioner at Tallangatta, Victoria, and also acted as Surgeon to the Light Horse. He married Emily Grace Haines and had three children but died in 1914, aged 49.

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Xerox copies of original documents owned by Mrs. Hart.

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Diary of Dr. J.H. Patterson dated April 1901 to March 1902, written while on active service during the Boer War in South Africa, often in the form of a letter as it was sent to his mother whenever it was possible to post letters.

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Open for research but readers to sign a form for the owner

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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PP September 2018




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