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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:Sculpture
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

AUSTRALIA 
AND 
NEW ZEALAND 
1916 - 1918

Plaque:
DESERT MOUNTED CORPS MEMORIAL 
This was the first Memorial to be constructed on Anzac Parade. 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.

The Desert Mounted Corps Memorial is 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.

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 - a recreation - of the original sculpture by Australian sculptor, C. Webb Gilbert.

The Memorial was unveiled by the Right Honourable. J.G. Gorton MP Prime Minister of Australia on 19 April 1968.

Plaque: 
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

 

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