The late Paul (“oom Paultjie”) de Villiers lived in Stellenbosch at the time of his death, and was buried there. In his will he bequeathed, in 1951, £ 5000 for an Anglo Boer War Monument to be erected 50 years thence, and if that did not happen the bequest was to go to the Stellenbosch University for cancer research. His will was originally kept at the now defunct Stellenbosch District Bank and later transferred as a testamentary trust to Boland Bank in Paarl. From there it was transferred to the Trust Department of Sanlam in Bellville.
On 2/12/1999 Sanlam Trust addressed a letter to the FAK and enquired as to the existence or not of an ABW monument. There was however no indication, that if no monument has been erected, as to where it should be placed.
On 17 April 2000, in a discussion with Sanlam Trust, who managed the bequeathal, relating to the place and funding of the ABW monument, it was indicated that the bequest will only accrue on 14/11/2001 and the erection of the monument could only commence then.
Sanlam Trust's letter of 25/05/2000 directed that the monument must be erected in the Western Cape, and not necessarily in Stellenbosch.
On 24 August 2000 an initial exploratory discussion was held in Paarl by a few local culturally interested persons, Ritzema de la Bat, the late Hannes Meiring en Andries Domburg, architects. It was decided to convene a think tank to consider the nature and placement of the monument.
The current ABW Trust was founded with the mandate to erect the monument.
A servitude was registered on Laborie with the assistance and support of the former KWV board and after several set-backs, which were not overcome without strife, the ABW Monument was inaugurated on 17/09/2005.
The focus of the monument is on the plight of the Cape Afrikaners and other Colonials who sympathised with the twee Boer Republics in the North.
With the Paul de Villiers Memorial Lectures we honour oom Paultjie.