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Violet Murrell : 06-March-2013
Violet Murrell : 06-March-2013

Photographs supplied by Blath Parlan / Sandra Brown

A horse trough commemorates the Violet Murrell who was a Victorian Racing Pioneer.

In 1933 Violet Murrell ran into a burning Mentone stable in a bid to save her three-time Royal Melbourne Show champion saddle-horse Garryowen who also perished. She was followed by her husband Bill, a horse trainer who tried to save her life, but sadly both perished in the blaze. Mrs Murrell dreamed of becoming a race jockey and spent her time fighting for the rights of women. Her campaign to lift a ban on female riders helped shape racing rules.

The trough was originally placed in Balcombe Road outside the Mentone Railway Stations in 1935 by the Purple Cross Society. In the 1970`s it was removed to make way for a car park , and in 1988 was located at the Melbourne Showgrounds. It was moved back to the station in 1994 and rededicated. Garry Owen is also commemorated by the dressage competition at the Royal Melbourne Show.


Address:Balcombe Road & Como Parade West, Mentone Railway Station Gardens , Mentone, 3194
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.98159
Long: 145.064772
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:March-1935
Front Inscription

Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria

In tribute to Mrs. Violet Murrell

conducts the Garryowen Equestrian Turnout Event each year at the Royal Melbourne Show

The Society returned this trough to the people of Mentone on the 60th anniversary

March 1994

Source: MA
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