Canterbury’s demonstration on the departure of the N.Z. Rough Riders for South Africa, Hagley Park, Saturday Feb. 17, 1900.

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This contingent of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles, called the Rough Riders, were the third of ten contingents who enlisted for the Boer War. As well as their Hagley Park farewell, these men had a luncheon, songs and speeches in Lyttelton, and their troopship, the Knight Templar, was escorted from Lyttelton by a marine procession of steamers, yachts and other vessels. New Zealand sent ten contingents of New Zealand Mounted Rifles to the Boer War. The third (from Canterbury) was called the Rough Riders.

This material has been digitised from the Archives and Manuscripts collection of Christchurch City Libraries.

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