Lord Methuen's Operations. A Most Successful March! Wolmaransstad & Hartebeestfontein Taken. 5000 Cattle and 15000 Sheep Captured! Battle of Hartebeestfontein Poort! A Stubborn Fight! [drop-title]
Klerksdorp, Transvaal, Printed by H.M. Guest, Printer, Bookseller and Stationer, 'Mining Record' Office, [3 March] 1901.
A broadside printed on acidic newsprint (recto only), approximately 440 × 285 mm.
Lightly creased where once folded, with trifling chips to some edges, but overall in excellent condition, recently mounted on archival tissue for lasting stability, and housed in a Mylar sleeve with a loose acid-free backing board for support.
The 'Hobart Mercury' (18 April 1901) reprints the text of this broadside in its entirety, with the following informative introductory paragraph: 'The "Mining Record", published at Klerksdorp, Transvaal, issued the following "Extra" on the 3rd of March last:- The First Tasmanian Bushmen took part in the fight at Hartebeestfontein Poort, and got through without any casualties'. The headline action took place on 18 February, 'after a march of a fortnight, and fighting almost every day'. The second paragraph gives details of a sharp skirmish in thick bush at Uitval's Kop on 3 February. 'The Boers laid in wait in the bush, and the troops had to clear the position, which they did in a most gallant manner. The Boers were in front and on the flanks in force. After some sharp fighting the Boers retired, our loss being one South Australian killed and five Bushmen and two South Australians wounded, among the latter being Lieut. Dempsey'. These casualties were members of the 3rd South Australian Bushmen's Contingent; the soldier killed was 34 Corporal C.W.B. Currie.