• Khaki tunic (cotton textile) with drawings on it


  • Drawing on textile


  • Khaki textile
  • Black ink and red and white paint


MA1967-709. Khaki military tunic, from South African War/ Anglo-Boer War, c 1902, with sketches of war scenes

This is the back of a military khaki jacket, with 14 war scenes sketched on it

Material: Khaki cloth, with drawings on it in black ink, highlighted in places with red and white ink/paint.

Size: (longest lengths) 760mm x 505mm

Condition: The cloth is generally very strong, and the stitching of the panels intact. The cloth has been mounted using thumbtacks in the past, so around the edge are holes and rust marks from this, as well as some fraying.

Description: On the collar are three flags; Australian, the British Union Jack, and another with the Union Jack in the corner, possibly the Australian Civil Ensign. The scenes are layers.

  1. A British (or Australian?) soldier in a red jacket, standing reading a newspaper, next to his saddled horse

Layer 2

  1. Two British soldiers galloping on a horse (horses were short on both sides)
  2. Boer commando galloping away
  3. Two British blockhouses guarding a road through a pass (or river?)

Layer 3

  1. A farm burning (set alight by the British)
  2. The British sweep – horsemen spread out sweeping the countryside
  3. Tents on stony, barren ground (possibly a concentration camp?)

Layer 4

  1. A group on horseback (probably British) trudging along
  2. A linked panel of men preparing a cannon
  3. British soldiers signalling with a heliograph

Layer 5.

  1. A Boer commando, with a wide-brimmed hat on horseback, with gun and bandolier
  2. A steam ship
  3. A dead horse
  4. Under the horse - Two hands shaking – one in uniform, other not - peace
Type Value Unit
Length 760.00 mm
Width 505.00 mm


Irregular shape, greatest dimensions


123 years 4 days ago


Almost certainly done at the end of the South Africa War in 1902. The last panel shows shaking hands


  • Mr Christie's farm near the Vaal River on the Orange Free State (now Free State) side about five miles downstream of the barrage


It was donated to the Africana Museum (now Museum Africa) in 1967 by Mr L T Campbell Pitt. He inherited it from his father. It was given to his father by an Afrikaan-speaking farmer, Mr Christie, who lived on a farm near the Vaal River on the Orange Free State (now Free State) side about five miles downstream of the barrage. There was more than one Christie family in the area, and he does not know which one gave it to his father. He thinks his father acquired it in about 1920. He presumes that Mr. Christie received it from an Australian soldier fighting in the Anglo Boer War/ South African War in return for some service.

He had no more information about it because he only became aware of the tunic once his father had died.



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