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Invitation to a Great Canadian Heritage TV Event

The Canadian Perspective: A major voice in our series, Albertan Willie Griesbach, of the Canadian Mounted Rifles, would in later life, become Mayor of Edmonton, a Major-General in the Canadian Army, and a Senator.



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Tonight: Lord Roberts continues his fabled "March to Pretoria," (rare antique sheet music, right, found in UK), but his parched men are dying by the thousands of enteric, the dreaded typhoid, that they get by drinking contaminated water. Hear Canadian Willie Griesbach (top left), comment as he watches his tent mates die, one after the other. Legendary Boer General Christiaan de Wet (top right holding a gun produced by the secret Boer production line), continues to gain world-wide fame for his guerrilla campaign against overwhelming odds. Supplies become scarce for the British, and the Canadians confess about their looting activities to stay alive. And Willie Griesbach recounts, movingly, his final hours with his riding horse, with whom he'd left Alberta to go "off to the war together." And famous Mountie Sam Steele and his Strathcona's Horse (posing jauntily with cigarettes below), are unaware they are riding to hold a terrible date with destiny at Badfontein.
Below, still waiting for rescue in the besieged town of Mafeking, are Col. Robert Baden-Powell (far left), and defenders with a home-made gun, posing below a shell hole, in a rare photo (found in Australia). BP doesn't know it, but the Canadians (honoured in a rare piece of antique sheet music, found in Vancouver, below right) will be the key to his rescue.
A Canada Millennium Project
We are honoured that our Anglo-Boer War project was one of the rare television shows selected as a partnership program by the Government of Canada to commemorate the Millennium.
Was shooting in South Africa scary? - Hear John Goldi's answer, in his candid "Interview with respected television journalist Philippa McCoyne" on Page 53, of the Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum, after he, and his producer wife Joan, spent two months and drove 11,000 kms, across the vast wilderness spaces of South Africa to document "The Great Anglo-Boer War: The Canadian Experience."
Feedback: #8: Mississauga, ON - "Episode II is great. The quantum of information and knowledge is exceptional. The story flow is so smooth that makes us feel like we're living through the Boer War time. Calling this a war? I think it is the story of courage, a fight for freedom and innovations to survive."

Feedback: #13: Chilliwack, BC - "Am enjoying your TV series immensely!"

Feedback: #14: Toronto, ON - "Congratulations on such a wonderful job covering a difficult subject."

Feedback: #4: Ottawa, ON - "The show is great, but why is John still wearing the same shirt and pants he was 30 years ago?"

Feedback: #1: Beamsville, ON - "I must admit that History was never one of my favorite subjects. However after seeing The Canadian Anglo-Boer War Experience program that has changed! I am looking forward to the second show in the series (too bad it is on so late at night) I must congratulate Goldi Productions for their outstanding effort in bringing Quality "Reality" programming. One cannot get any more real than what happened in South Africa!"

The Narrator

Linden MacIntyre, Canada's most respected voice in broadcasting, and the multiple Gemini award-winning anchor journalist of CBC's 5th Estate, offers a gripping narration for this feature Canadian heritage series. "It's just an excellent script! I wouldn't have done it if it wasn't. I started reading and couldn't put it down until I had read the whole thing for all four hours."

Feedback: #5: Oakville: - "I must say your narrator is absolutely first rate!"

Coming Tonight !!

To a TV Set Near You on:

A gripping, highly innovative, four hour, documentary television series
that tells a Canadian History story never before presented on television anywhere.
"The Great Anglo-Boer War: The Canadian Experience"
1899 - 1902

To Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Great Anglo-Boer War, and
Canada's first ever military participation in an overseas war,
told through the eyes of young Canadians who set off on a "Great Adventure" and found themselves enveloped in the horrors of the first "Total War" of modern times.

"The wealth of research and detail is astounding and thorough, with a wonderful breadth of archival sources throughout. Clearly this was a labour of love and it shows." Sydney Suissa,
VP of Factual Programming,
History Television


"I am personally convinced that it will be assessed as one of the decade's great television documentaries." George Milne,
Museum of the Regiments, Calgary, AB

Modules & Slates

Besieged for seven months, inside a ring of Boers, the Hero of Mafeking, Col. Robert Baden-Powell - of later "Boy Scout" fame - credited the Canadian guns with his rescue, and decreed that on Mafeking's first day of liberation, the secret password of the garrison would be "CANADA." (Innovation: Our program is constructed with 43 five minute modules, introduced by 43 unique slates featuring rare historic Anglo-Boer War memorabilia. Above a rare parian bust of Baden-Powell, (found in Toronto).
The Singer

Harry Macdonough (1871-1931) sings the theme song for our program.
"Where is My Wandering Boy Tonight" 1900

You are listening to one of Canada's very first recordings, an original gramophone recording from 1900, featuring one of Canada's very first recording artists, Harry Macdonough singing "Where is My Wandering Boy Tonight." This song had special poignancy for Canadians in 1900, as the news of battlefield deaths arrived from South Africa.

(Innovation:  You can hear some 20 these earliest Canadian recordings on our program's sound track. Details on our Music Page)

Then & Now: Above, before the Transvaal Boer Parliament, Pretoria, June 5, 1900. Hundreds of Canadians are in this cheering crowd, including Hart McHaarg, who describes the proudest moment of his life "to march past Lord Roberts, in the surrendered capital of the enemy, with the Royal Canadian Regiment." Right, a rare, antique 9" plate commemorating the occasion (found in Burlington, Ontario.)
Then & Now, The Trail of Tears: Hear historian John Goldi describe the surrender of 5,000 Boer men, women, and children, as hundreds of their wagons creaked down this track, past four British generals, watching beneath a fluttering Union Jack, atop Surrender Hill.
For further details on the Canadian participation in
the "Great Anglo-Boer War," please see our website:


At the Internationally Acclaimed !!

"The Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum"

(Innovation: The most extensive and most lavishly illustrated web site ever to accompany a television documentary anywhere in the world.)

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SEE, the earliest battlefield motion pictures ever taken, as the British Army trundles a huge naval gun across the Vaal River.

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