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03-February-2015
03-February-2015

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The Desert Mounted Corps Memorial commemorates all the Australian Mounted Divisions, the Australian Flying Corps and every other Australian and New Zealand unit and formation that served in Egypt, Palestine and Syria from 1916 to 1918.  This was the first memorial to be constructed on ANZAC Parade.

The original Memorial was in Port Said, Egypt. However, Egyptian nationalists destroyed it during the 1956 Suez crisis. This Memorial was created by noted Melbourne sculptor, Ray Ewers OAM. It is a second casting, re-creation of the original sculpture by Australian sculptor, C. Webb Gilbert.

Monument characteristics :

A free-standing, cast bronze figurative sculpture, set on a granite base. It depicts a mounted Australian Light Horseman defending a New Zealander who stands beside his wounded horse.

Location

Address:ANZAC Parade, Reid, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.287535
Long: 149.142274
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Designer:Ray Ewers & C. Webb Gilbert
Link:http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 19th April, 1968
Front Inscription

THIS STATUE IS A COPY OF ONE ORIGINALLY FORMING PART OF A MEMORIAL WHICH WAS ERECTED AT PORT SAID AND UNVEILED ON 23 NOVEMBER 1932 BY THE RT. HON WILLIAM MORRIS HUGHES, K.C., M.P.

THE ORIGINAL MEMORIAL BORE THE INSCRIPTION "ERECTED BY THEIR COMRADES AND THE GOVERNMENTS OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN MEMORY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE, THE NEW ZEALAND MOUNTED RIFLES, THE IMPERIAL CAMEL CORPS AND THE AUSTRALIAN FLYING CORPS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN EGYPT, PALESTINE AND SYRIA 1916 - 1918 "

THE STATUE ITSELF WAS IRREPARABLY DAMAGED DURING THE SUEZ CRISIS IN 1956. THE REMNANTS WERE BROUGHT TO AUSTRALIA AND A REPLICA WAS CONSTRUCTED. TWO CASTINGS IN BRONZE WERE MADE, THE FIRST OF WHICH WAS ERECTED ON THE ORIGINAL MASONRY BASE AT ALBANY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, IN 1964.

UNVEILED BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE J.G. GORTON, M.P. PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA ON 19TH APRIL 1968

Inscription in Proximity

Beersheba Day 1992

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the "Battle of Beersheba" and the immortal charge of the Australian Light Horse that day 31 October 1917

We will remember them

Source: MA,NC,SKP
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