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08-April-2017
08-April-2017

Photographs supplied by Matthew & Sharon Tucker
A bronze statue commemorates Bonalbo as the birthplace of working cattle dog trials and pays tribute to the role played by working dogs in rural Australia.

Bonalbo's claim on the history of the working cattle dog goes back to 1950, when the Bonalbo Show was the first ever agricultural show to run a cattle dog trial. It was won by Old Bonalbo man Bob Taylor and his dog Ginger, who was a three year old male brown kelpie estimated to be worth about 100 pounds in 1950 - or $5000 in today's money.

Show committee member Fraser Ramsey was in his 20s at the time and thought a "cattle dog trial" would be a good addition given the importance of cattle dogs on the North Coast. Cattle dog trials have been held at the show ever since and the sport has spread nationally and now boasts an Australian Working Cattle Dog Trial Association.


BONALBO. — The first cattle dog trials to be held in Australia will be conducted at the Bonalbo Show Society's "Silver Anniversary Show," which will be held in May. Three weaner calves will be released and the dog is to try and drive them around several stationary objects, through a gate and into a pen. The dog owner will be mounted on horseback and may assist the dog at certain points. Show secretary, Mr. C. W. Pennefather, said a large number of inquiries had been received about the event, which had been arranged after, the schedules had been printed. 
Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW), 4 March 1950.

Location

Address:Woodenbong Road, Patrick McNamee ANZAC Memorial Park, Bonalbo, 2469
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.736469
Long: 152.622511
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Animals
Monument Designer:Catherine Anderson (sculptor)
Monument Manufacturer:Chalkos Foundry

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 8th April, 2017
Source: MA
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