The statue and garden commemorate Sandy who was the only one of Australia’s 169,000 war horses to return home from World War One.  Four white cypress trees, which were on the defence site during the Great War, will also be planted and a post and rail fence built and a heritage storyboard installed. 

The statue is a life size horse and was unveiled on the eve of the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba on the 30th October 2017 and dedicated to the Australian Light Horse.  The statue was designed and fabricated by BiGfiSh from laser cut corten steel, and a special surface treatment applied to give Sandy his unique patina.

The "Friends of Sandy" ­received $17,622 from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program to pay tribute to the trusty steed and the contribution of the Australian Light Horse.

Sandy had been assigned to the commander of the Australian 1st division, the first ashore at Gallipoli. It was the dying wish of General Sir William Bridges, who was shot by a sniper, that his horse be returned to Melbourne at war’s end. Sandy lived out the rest of his days at the Army ­Remount Depot in Maribyrnong until he was put down in 1923.

Note: The statue has a temporary home next to the Maribyrnong Community Centre on Randall Street. Once the Maribyrnong Defence Site is decontaminated and redeveloped, it will be relocated to its permanent location at the heritage protected Fisher Stables.


Address:Raleigh Road, Fisher Stables, Former Defence Site, Maribyrnong, 3032
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.768848
Long: 144.886574
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Designer:BIGfiSh (statue)


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2017-10-30
Source: DVA, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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