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The Horsley Memorial Sundial was presented to Gundagai by the descendants of Richard Horsley in memory of those who lost their lives in the 1852 flood. Richard Horsley was rescued by the aboriginal Yarri during the floods. The sundial was originally unveiled in the grounds of the Court House.
In June 1852, a massive flood demolished the original township of Gundagai which was then built on the Murrumbidgee floodplain. Eighty-nine people are known to have lost their lives. The Wiradjuri people, with their knowledge of the land , saved the lives of many Europeans. Yarri, was one of the first on the river, in the deadliest conditions at the height of the flood, in only a bark canoe. Yarri was joined the next day by another aborigine, Jacky Jacky. The epic rescue took three days and two nights of exhausting effort.
Yarri had rescued 49 people and Jacky Jacky another 20. The European settlers were very grateful to Yarri and Jackey and presented them with inscribed bronze breastplates in recognition of their bravery.
Descendants of a man who was rescued from the disastrous flood of 1852, when the old Gundagai township was destroyed, have intimated that they will present a memorial to the township of Gundagai to perpetuate the occasion. When the floodwaters swept down on the early Gundagai settlement on June 24, 1852, devastation and havoc followed in its wake and 71 lives were lost by drowning. Among those who were rescued from the flood waters was Mr. Richard Frederick Horsley, grandfather of Messrs. F.L. and W.W. Horsley of Tumblong.
The Horsley family desire to honour the memory of those who lost their lives in the flood and present a memorial to the town of Gundagai. It has been suggested that a suitable memorial would be a sundial, and the Gundagai Shire Council has gratefully accepted the offer made by the Horsley family.
Cootamundra Herald, 18 March 1952.
|Address:||Homer Street, Gundagai Historical Museum, Gundagai, 2722|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -35.066168|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Tuesday 24th June, 1952|
THIS SUNDIAL WAS PRESENTED TO GUNDAGAI BY THE HORSLEYS OF YABTREE IN MEMORY OF THOSE INHABITANTS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE DISASTROUS FLOOD ON THE 25TH OF JUNE 1852. ON THAT DATE GUNDAGAI, THEN SITUATED ON THE FLAT, WAS WASHED AWAY AND SEVENTY-TWO RESIDENTS WERE DROWNED. RICHARD FREDERICK HORSLEY SAVED HIS LIVE BY CLIMBING FROM A FLOATING ROOFTOP INTO A TREE FROM WHICH HE WAS RESCUED THIRTY-SIX HOURS LATER BY AN ABORIGINE NAMED YARRIE IN A BARK CANOE.
ACCEPTED BY THE SHIRE PRESIDENT CR. STRIBLEY
ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF GUNDAGAI
ON THE 25TH JUNE 1952