al fresco---- In the open air
A “patrol”— The Australian Horse was divided into squadrons, as follows.---
“A” Cootamundra; Gundagai; Murrumburrah.
“B” Araluen; Braidwood; Goulburn; Michelago-Bredbo;
“C” Lue; Mudgee; Rylstone.
Beef it out---See it through
Bob---------- Shilling a former monetary unit
Boers--------Dutch for farmers
Burghers--- A member of the middle class
boshter----- or “bonzer” -Really good
chivoo------A party or celebration (from the French chez vous – at your place)
Common weal- Commonweal. Noun. (1) The common welfare, the public
(2) Archaic, The body politic; a Commonwealth.
Contingent--A temporary military unit
Cossack Post-An outpost consisting of four men, forming one of a
single line of posts substituted for the more formal line
of sentinels and line of pickets.
Café-noir--- Small cup of strong black coffee without milk or cream
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori-From Latin--It is sweet and Glorious
to die for one's country
Dulce far niente-- sweet doing-nothing.
embonpoint----The bodily property of being well rounded or slightly fat
Fraulien-------- Fräulien in
a title, equivalent to Miss.
fraus----------- Frau in Germany- A married woman; used as a title
equivalent to Mrs. in English
Helio------------ Heliograph. A means of signalling by reflecting the Suns rays
with a mirror.
Hussars--------A member of a European light cavalry unit; renowned for
Inspanned----- Attach a yoke or harness to "inspan the draft animals"
Kaffir -----------An offensive term for any Black African
Kopje-----------A small hill rising up from the African veldt
Krag-Jorgensen-A rifle designed by the Norwegians Ole Krag and
Erik Jorgensen of various types 1888 to 1935
Krupp--------- German-made 75 mm light field gun (12 –pounder)
Lee-Enfield-- British army’s standard bolt-action magazine-fed repeating rifle
1895 to 1956
Laage-------- A camp defended by a circular formation of Wagons
Mannlicher- Mauser-Mannlicher rifle 88 it used the box magazine
concept that was developed by Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher. it was designed to handle then newly developed smokeless powder cartridge.
Mauser----- A German arms manufactured repeating rifle and pistol
(1838-1914) Model 93, which introduced a short staggered-
column box magazine holding five 7x57mm rounds flush
with the bottom of the rifle, which could be quickly reloaded
by pushing a strip of rounds down from the top of the open bolt.
Maxim- The Maxim gun was the first effective machine gun portable enough
to be used in warfare. Invented by American Hiram Maxim
(1840 - 1916) in 1885
Mealie- An ear of corn
meer-cat- The name Meerkat (meer cat) comes from the Afrikaans (Dutch
Miss Hobhouse- Emily Hobhouse Belonged the Adult Suffrage
Society. and was opposed to the Boer War; especially the
treatment of Women and children in the British
Two peaks, often the site of a pass
Non-est---------- (Latin) non= none
est= it is right, it is fitting, it is lawful.
as much as in me lies.
One and Tuppenny--Not worth much
Outspanned---- Remove the yoke or harness from-“outspan the draft animal”
Pompom--------- An automatic quick-firing gun- firing a one-pound shell
predicants-- One who predicates, affirms, or proclaims (a, Dominican;
puris naturalibus- [Latin] State of
ubiquitous-------- Being present everywhere at once
Requescat in pace---Rest in Peace
Rinderpest- An acute infectious viral disease of cattle (usually fatal);
characterized by fever and diarrhoea and inflammation
of mucous membranes
Sassiety-------Play on Society
sine qua non-- is from the Late Latin, meaning "without which not”
“an indispensible condition”
sjambokking-Using the sjambok:- which is the traditional whip of South
Africa It is made from an adult hippopotamus or rhinoceros
spruits ----- (in southern
Stoep-------- Small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house
Tommy------ Slang For English people
Somnus----- The Latin name for the personification of sleep
Veldt---------Elevated open grassland in
verdomne Rooineks--- Derogatory term for English person (used by the