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Great War Horses Memorial
Great War Horses Memorial

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Great War Horses Memorial commemorates Australian horses used in World War One. The memorial was rededicated by the children of the area on the 11th November 2000.

The Commissioner of Crown Lands (Mr.Mclntosh) and the State President of the R.S.S.I.L (Colonel Ross Jacob) visited Barmera on November 30th on the occasion of the unveiling of a memorial to Australian horses. Mr McIntosh complimented the diggers on the splendid memorial they had raised to their old comrades, the horses of the Great War. Colonel Jacob spoke of the work done and the part played by the Australian horses in the Great War.

It was fitting that the men of the Light Horse units should raise a memorial to them. Colonel Jacob unveiled the marble tablet inscribed, 'To commemorate the splendid work of the Australian horses in the Great War.' The tablet surmounts a substantially built horse trough erected in the main avenue of Barmera.
The Advertiser (Adelaide) 2nd December 1935.

 

 

Location

Address:Barwell Avenue , Centre Plantation, Barmera, 5345
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.252195
Long: 140.464858
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Animals
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 30th November, 1935
Front Inscription

TO COMMEMORATE THE SPLENDID WORK OF THE AUSTRALIAN HORSES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918.

(Bronze Plaque)

1914 - 1918.  Rededicated by the children of the area with Rev. T. Rogers on the 11th of November 2000.

The children gather here each year, For a service that's quite rare.  It is not for men or women, But the horses that were there.

They carried out their many tasks around the battle field, and rarely lacked endurance or vitality and zeal.

So here each year they lay a wreath for the one who feared no chore.  A very gallant animal.  The horse of the Great War.   I.T. Enright 2000

Source: MA,TOH
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