'New Zealand Hill defenders, Slingersfontein, South Africa', 1900.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Troops defending New Zealand Hill on January 25th 1900, with other hills held by the Worcestershire Regiment in the distance. One of a boxed set of stereoscope photographs produced for sale to the general public by a profesional firm of photographers, Underwood and Underwood. The Second Boer War (1899-1902) was the first war to be covered comprehensively by both film and still photography. This was the result of improved technology in both photographic equipment and printing techniques; cameras were more portable and magazines reproduced half-tone photographs. The hills around Slingersfontein in the northern Cape Colony saw fierce fighting in early 1900. The defenders were driven off New Zealand Hill by the Boers on 12th February.